Crunch time on Walcott future
A growing flock of Arsenal fans are calling impatiently for Theo Walcott to be used more liberally at home and abroad. After a limp performance from Arsenal against Manchester United at the weekend, which only featured Walcott in a cameo role, Gunners fans want to see Walcott start against Schalke tonight. Annoyingly, he has picked up an illness on the eve of the game, but will hopefully be available.
And what better time to employ his qualities than away from home against strong opposition? Walcott’s pace would be the perfect tool as Arsenal will look to defend well and counter attack with purpose. If he’s fit, and Arsenal don’t employ him tonight, serious questions will be asked about the depth of rift between player and manager. We all know that Theo is in the middle of contract talks with Arsenal. He apparently wants more money and to be played through the middle. We think that he would settle for more money and a regular starting spot on the wing, or as part of a front three, with The Ox on the other side. A deadly, if underused, Wenger formation.
Either way, Arsenal face a really tough task tonight, after losing the reverse fixture a couple of weeks back. With 6 points on the Champions League board a draw would suit Arsenal but a defeat will leave them in a precarious, if not irretrievable, position in the group.
It’s a really tough one to call. Walcott aside, Arsenal are without several key players in Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (hip), Kieran Gibbs (thigh), Gervinho (ankle), Aaron Ramsey (groin) Abou Diaby (thigh) and Tomas Rosicky (hamstring) . My mind’s telling me no. But my body. My body is telling me yes!
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