Too little too late?

Theo Walcott firmly shuts the stable door

Walcott does his talking – with his mouth

The Spoiler hasn’t been this confused since it watched No Country for Old Men on DVD last week – it’s brilliant, isn’t it? Isn’t it? Or just a bit overrated? Or is it just far too clever for the likes of us? Oh, bloody hell, we don’t know.

Anyway, Theo Walcott has sent our minds whirring again with his admission that he took a dive against Leeds United in the FA Cup on Saturday.

On the one hand it’s a refreshing bit of honesty from a player who, by all accounts, is a rather charming young chap. However, there’s a nagging feeling in the pit of the stomach – it doesn’t quite sit right.

Would Walcott have been quite so quick to admit his indiscretion if the penalty had been given? Should he have just not said anything? What will Arsene Wenger think? But he cheated. But he sounds so sweet…


What do you think? Help us out with a little comment below…

3 responses so far
  • palidje // January 10, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    a player only has a split second to react to any situation. a salute the young man because it takes guts to say the truth. about wether he would hav said the truth had the penalty been awarded,we wil never know!!!!

  • Jack // January 10, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    If you can forgive the pedantry, Walcott is like Dostoievsky’s Idiot, Prince Myshkin, whose almost Christ-like innocence has a tendency to sow disaster whever he goes (remember Theo means “god”).

  • MikeA // January 10, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    commendable but daft ….. one of Arsenal’s flaws is they are at times too honest … witness the amount of referee appealing which ManU do for anything that does not go for them …. Barcelona players rolling around the floor at the slightest touch when we played them last year …. everyone does this …. I personally did not consider Theo’s a blatant dive and neither did the ref since I don’t believe he got booked … he would have been much better keeping his mouth shut …. everyone can already see what a good guy he is …. I see no need to try to go enhancing his reputation in that regard

    as for Arsenal, as much as I love the beautiful footie, I would advocate Arsenal getting their level of cynicism to the levels of Man U and Barca to level the playing field … sadly this is part of how trophies are won these days

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