Apparently Walcott has a new contract. Really? They kept that quiet, didn’t they? I hadn’t heard a mention.
Having stunned us with that revelation, it’s a change of subject to our favourite perma-crock. AW reckons Diaby’s brilliant but acknowledges he may have missed a game or two through injury in the last six years. Arsene says: “With Diaby, he has a very serious life: doesn’t drink, doesn’t smoke, doesn’t go out and is very conscientious in training.” I thought he was going to break into a bit of Adam Ant and Goody Two Shoes there for a minute. But no. He goes on: “So you always feel sorry for him. Some guys, they can drink five beers, come to training, play and go home and nothing happens to them.” Hold up Arsene, I thought that was the culture you stamped out? Five beers? Who’s doing that still? Is it Arshavin? Because he plays like he’s always hungover. Or Sagna? His crossing looks like he has double vision lately.
What? Oh, Diaby. “You want him to have the career he deserves.” Yeah, yada yada. You can feel sorry for him if you want to Arsene, after all you get paid more than twice as much as him. I just want him to have the career WE deserve – we’re the mugs paying for it!
Back to Walcott. £90k a week apparently makes him Arsenal’s level top earner with Arshavin, according to The Times. Then there’s some discussion about whether Walcott really wants to be there or not, given it’s only a three and a half year deal and he was almost flogged in the summer when he wouldn’t sign, but no one made a serious offer. And was he dropped at the start of the season as punishment for being a naughty boy and not playing where he was told to? Who knows, or even cares. As Walcott himself says (from his lofty position atop a huge pile of £50 notes and assorted ‘bling’), “What’s important now is for the team to realise its potential and win trophies.” Does this mean you will concentrate on playing and not be agitating for a bigger slice of the pie again in 18 months, little Theo? Well does it?
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