It must be sour for the Gunners to go on the long International break with the taste of defeat in their mouths. The defeat to Chelsea was not the best mood in which one would want to return to their homelands for National team duties. We’d rather get it off our minds with another game in midweek to erase the memory. One player, though, would not be too bothered by the coming break as it’s to be his reunion with the team and on account of what he’ll bring back, the lads may have good reasons to cheer for the break after all.
Theo Walcott has been away from Arsenal duty since the 4th of January this year after the damaged a cable in his knee while we were already two up against Spurs in the FA Cup game. Despite his history as a quick healer, it has taken the majority of 10 months for the attacker to return to jogs and runs, and with his rehabilitation now complete, Walcott is now set to join full training after the week of Internationals, with the likelihood of making the bench for the home game against Hull and what a tantalizing prospect lies in wait.
In more ways than one, Walcott’s return is the missing piece in our attacking puzzle.
The last couple of games has seen us play with a forward line of three of Alexis, Ozil, Cazorla and Chamberlain behind Welbeck, all five performing to devastating effect against Galatasaray. While Chamberlain and Cazorla can be used in wide positions, they seem to play best when in a central role, hence, the return of the truest wide man in the team must certainly be something to boost the team.
Walcott has made the right-forward role his exclusive right, his pace and ability to swing in crosses the key assets. Though not an out-and-out striker, he has managed to notch up an impressive tally of goals over the past few seasons, finishing as top scorer in the 2012/2013 season, before two long term injuries last season reduced his output to 6 goals in 17 appearances in all competitions, five of which were in just 9 League starts. He will provide a very potent goal threat for the team, with more balance in terms of width. His ability to track back will give our full back on the right a more natural assistance for the defensive duties.
With the new deal being lined-up for Walcott, there will be extra motivation for him to now produce his best form for the Arsenal after many months of frustration on the sidelines. Maybe Wenger will finally have no excuse to shift Ozil out wide again, given Alexis will be the man on the other side of Welbeck. The German never quite got many opportunities to form a partnership with Walcott due to his injuries both the game away to Sunderland and the assist against City were indications of the possible outcome of more time together on the training ground.
“Welcome, Walcott. How may I assist you”
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