The morning after Arsenal's home defeat by West Ham I had a twelve inch double pepperoni pizza with extra jalapeño for breakfast. My wife knew I was upset as she tended to our child whilst I moped on the sofa. I am hungover. I am weary, I made the decision to get incredibly intoxicated after Arsenal's opening day defeat. It was the only way I knew how to deal with what had happened, the only way to deal with the abuse from rival fans, the only way to move forward. I'm regretting that decision.
"Judge me in May." A common phrase often spoken from the lips of Arsenal's greatest ever manager to remind us all to be patient, that the football season lasts for ten months, not one and it's where you are in May that's important not where you are in November. This coming May, The Arsenal will attempt to keep hold of The FA Cup by beating Aston Villa in the final, whilst they'll more than likely secure qualification for The Champions League by finishing inside the top four of The Premier League.
When Robin Van Persie turned his back on everything Arsene Wenger and Arsenal had done for him whilst he spent season after season on the treatment table to head to Manchester United of all places, Theo Walcott, at that time, became Arsenal's most potent attacking player. Van Persie's exit had followed the likes of Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas in previous seasons and Theo and his agent knew that when the two sides came to talk about a new contract that it was Walcott who had all the bargaining power.