Theo Walcott had a great game for Arsenal and he was not alone. Theo stated after the game that the Gunners have confidence flowing through them and are ready to push on and climb the table. We are now only five points behind Chelsea who were the early season pace setters, so it shows what is possible.
Unlike after the last international break, Arsenal actually looked much improved today. Podolski had his best game for a while, Cazorla was back to his old creative self and Giroud gets better and better. Walcott was probably as good as any of them and he believes that Arsenal can put the recent bad form behind them.
“We showed people how good we are. It’ll give us tremendous spirit, we’ve got a lot of players back to fitness and everybody’s very confident.
“If we show that courage and ambition every game we will climb up the table.”
The combination between Walcott and Giroud is looking really dangerous now, and people have forgotten about the doubts over the French striker’s ability. His goal today was a chance that he would probably have missed at the start of the season, but he has stuck to his task, proving that he has the right attitude as well as the talent.
“People were saying things about Olivier at the start but he just needed time.”
Walcott does not sound like a player who is getting ready to leave the club, he seems completely focused on doing well with Arsenal and being a part of future success.
“I’ve just wanted to play. Hopefully I’m showing people what I can do now.”
I’m convinced Theo, but I’m not in charge of contracts at Arsenal. If he keeps on scoring and setting up goals, it will be very hard to let him go. Arsenal travel to Aston Villa next week with a spring in their step. Hopefully, we have had our bad run and just need to keep up the pressure on the teams above us. If we are still in touch at the end of the year, maybe Wenger will spend some money and really go for the title.