I have recently deleted a friend from Facebook because of the unsavoury vitriolic post that he shared upon hearing the news that Theo will be out for six months, it was not nice. I’ve also had to put up with people nonsensically claiming that it’s his punishment for taunting the Spurs fans after our 2-0 defeat of them in the F.A cup. Now let’s get it straight, the injury happened before he was stretchered off and made the 2-0 sign with his fingers. So no Karma there then.
You can only feel for the lad. As gooners and football fans we love and adore our players and even more so when we know that they love us. Per Mertesaker has felt the vibes and reprimanded Mesut for not responding in the right way. Theo feels it too. Remember a while back? One part of my brain saw him in a Liverpool shirt. The other side was convinced that he just wanted his dues, so he held out for a better contract and threatened to leave. But throughout that ordeal Theo was adamant that he loved the club and wanted to go on to be an Arsenal legend just like TH.
It was my opinion at the time that the resolution to the matter was in AW’s hands. Unlike the previous transfers of RVP, Cesc, Song et al. He handled the matter with dignity both on and off the pitch and eventually signed a new contract, proving himself to be every bit as good as his word.
Theo’s like your little friend next door. He’s a nice boy, a good lad with manners and respect, he talks eloquently, honestly and sensibly each time he’s interviewed, he’s a young man who is now becoming mature. Oh he’s frustrated us so many times in the past with poor form and only glimpses of promise but of late he has proven what a valuable asset he is by hitting consistently good form.
His gesture to the Spurs fans in the F.A cup clash has now proven to be a more significant moment than any of us could have imagined. Look. What he did took guts and it is easy to assume that players are safe on the pitch but as he passed the Spurs fans, coins and a whole heap of abuse rained down on him. He could have clammed up but no, what he did was stick up for the club. A dangerous thing to do, he was so near to the fans that any nutter could have run on the pitch and assaulted him. It’s been done before.
Unlike Per Mertesackers rumble with Mesut, Theo knew that the cameras were on him but he decided to make a statement. He told them and his own fans in no uncertain terms where his heart is and in those few moments he enhanced his hero status at the Emirates by 100% and by gooners everywhere he was lauded for his actions.
But he’s out of the World Cup and Roy Hodgson can now “feed the monkey” as much as he wants. My grandmother used to say that disappointments happen in three’s and with World Cups it appears to be Theo’s lot in life. In 2006 he was in the squad and not used. In 2010 he wasn’t even selected and now for 2014, he’s crocked.
To Theo I can only offer these words of encouragement. Have your op, enjoy your rehab and ponder on what you intend to do when you return. Your goals against Cardiff and West Ham might just prove to be the difference in the title race and the gesture to the Spurs fans? Priceless. As a team player, well, recognise the synergy of it all as right on cue your mate the Ox is about to return to the fold. Rest up and know that all will be well with us this season.
On your return we know you’ll come back a stronger human being and a more determined footballer. At 29 years old you’ll be at your best, so the 2018 World Cup is most likely to be the one where you will shine, but for now the stage is now set for you to become the Arsenal Legend that YOU wanted to be so have no fear we are right behind you so feel the love. Your country on the other hand, can wait.