Can Ox and Gnabry replace Walcott for Arsenal?

Okay, I have put the razor blade down and started to think about how Arsenal will cope without the unlucky Theo Walcott. Looking for positives, it is worth noting that Arsenal have got themselves to the top of the league, in the most part, without Theo, who has already missed a large chunk of the season.

But he came back with a Superman cape on and flames hooting out of his heels, so to think we won’t miss him is crazy. BUT, we do have options, albeit young ones. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is just back in full training from his own injury, while Serge Gnabry was an absolute star against Tottenham on Saturday.

One or both of these young Gunners needs to step up to the mark, and to be honest they are both capable. Both have speed, strength and skill and can really do a job on the right for us. My concern, however, is their age and inexperience as compared to Walcott’s.

The bonus is that there are two of them, quite similar, fighting for that spot now and hopefully that will spur them on. Earlier in the season, Arsenal got by with the likes of Ramsey, Wilshere and Rosicky on the right, but it affected the natural balance of the side. I am not convinced that they will be good enough in that role to help Arsenal to the title.

There is now a lot riding on the two young players’ shoulders, but there is a great team spirit at the club and they will get all the help they need from their teammates, Arsene Wenger and the fans. Will it be enough, or should Arsenal try to sign a winger as well as a striker?

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60 thoughts on “Can Ox and Gnabry replace Walcott for Arsenal?

    1. GunnerCPH

      That’s the great thing about both Ox and Gnabry, both lads are able with both feet. They also offer the same kind of direct approach that Theo does. Obviously neither is as good a finisher as Theo but they can definitely do a job.

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      1. Antono

        Ox and Gnabry take part in response to Walcott’s absence is everybody’s thought, including those of our rivals. While both can do so, I think Wenger will deploy another surprise line up in certain games.
        The Wenger factor … who doesn’t know this?

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        1. karansagar

          My suggested team to face Aston Villa:

          Szczesny
          Sagna … Mertesaker … Koscielny … Monreal
          Arteta … Wilshere
          Rosicky … Ozil … Cazorla
          Podolski

          Subs: Fabiaski, Jenkinson, Flamini, Zalalem, Frimpong, Gnabry, Ryo

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    2. junweiseah

      I definitely agree, both the OX and Gnabry can do a good job on both wings and offers far more pace than Cazorla. I think we have sufficient cover on the wings, but we definitely need a new striker. Both Giroud and Bendtner are injured and Poldi can’t play lone striker.

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      1. Simon_m89

        The combination of him and Sagna on the right hand side will have Giroud licking his lips though. Both are great crossers of the ball.

        Also I think you’re underrating Santi’s pace, he has great skill, acceleration and drive. He can play a direct game.

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    3. Delatobz

      The greatest asset these lads have is their football brain. Yes, they can use both feet but that doesn’t set them apart from Walcott because he has also learnt to use his left foot a lot more. Over the years Theo has learnt how to use his pace to make very intelligent runs behind defences but he is not very foorball smart and that is why he drifts in and out of games. Gnabry and Ox on the other hand understand the game they way a central mid would, they still need experince but they are most definitely on the right track.

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  1. Simon_m89

    I wouldn’t say replace, but they can certainly step in when needed. I see Santi or TR7 filling the RM berth with Poldi on the left. Definitely no need for a new winger.

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  2. lola

    when is ramsey back?and pls wenger don’t play wilshr AT rw.play ox/gnabry at RW.pold
    i/cazorla left.

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  3. Tatek

    winger no but striker its a must now bc same of this players also can get injury so we must have new face

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  4. bashman

    so sad for theo he will be missed, but this is typical arsenal, poldi, chamberlain back ramsey, walcott go missing.

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  5. jup

    i think arsene is gonna go for solomon kalou.. his got EPL experience, and cheap (2,5 mil)..

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  6. davidnz

    Arsenal has been top of the league most of the season without Walcott, Ox, Poldi and Gnabry. They have had very little game time and the team has evolved without them. I think the main seven ie Flamini, Arteta, Ramsey, Ozil, Wilshere, Cazorla and Rosicky will continue to shoulder the major part of the challenge in the midfield. Ox, Gnabry and Poldi will be used as 70th minute subs, and only start in games like Coventry, and Palace. Their best chance of starts will be if the injury toll rises.

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  7. Archangel

    they bloody well have to, now, dont they?! especially if we mean to continue to be on top of the league. with guidance, example and help of tomas rosicky, of course!

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  8. KickAssFan

    I say try Di Maria. He doesn’t seem too happy at Madrid. Let equally get Martinez. The Ox and Gnabry are quite manageable though.

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  9. sammy gh AFC

    playing as a pure winger, they both have the needed capability to fill in but the extra attacking option Theo adds is what we will be missing. They may not be able to set in a score should the main attacker fail to do his job. that is the problem now.

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  10. Gooner Cape Town

    Reports we in for Pedro! Wouldn’t be bad signing. Other rumours Wenger has backed off Costa, maybe get pre-agreement signed for summer along with Draxler.
    Ushited monitoring Gundogan’s decision to stay or go. Are also in for Contreao.Just hope we get some top player in bag and soon.

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      1. Simon_m89

        Check Arsenal Cape Town – Official Supporters Club on Facebook. The Jolly Roger in Plumstead is doing the job these days, I think.

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        1. Gooner Cape Town

          Hell Yes!!! Always great to meet and see frllow Gooners there, just wish I could visit more often.
          COYG!!!

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  11. Jay-Dub

    Gnabry and The OX are both very talented young players, but thats the thing they are young. Signing a winger in this window has become a big priority, we need a player with as much experience as theo.

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    1. atid

      As I see it we still have 2 good options for each position bar centre back. So no need to panic, let poldi take his best position up and move SantI to the right. For me our 1st x1 and even the back up is still better then our rivals and by the time February comes we should have everyone back bar walcott and diary. But please no more injuries

      Szczesney
      sagna mertesacker koscielny Gibbs
      Flamini Wilshire
      cazorla oil podolski
      Giroud

      Fabianski
      jenkinson ajayi/hayden vermaelen monreal
      Arteta Ramsey
      gnabry rosicky Chamberlain
      bendtner

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  12. muffdiver

    If moyes is lookin at costa rooney is definitely off.
    Things r getting interesting

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  13. Tob

    Whats it with these young of a thing. For Gods sake how old is barkley, lukaku, januzaj and infact, the draxler some are crying for, how old is he?
    i say start gnabry or ox when needed.

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  14. phychem

    We wud surely miss theo goals…ox n gnabry r gud players bt dey won’t score much lyk theo..di maria was booed last nyt by fans,he s unsettled..I bliv we can get him dis window,d guy s class n work hard for d team..di maria n a gud striker s wat we nid now..

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  15. alonsogunner

    Hey muffdiver any news about Rooney ?Let me know .Thanks
    Also we definitely need a striker lets say gnabry,ox and podolski can replace Ramsey and Walcott
    So then if giroud is injured we can play either of those three up front and one on the wings.You saw that podolski has not yet fully fit to play as a striker .What if it is the same with gnabry or ox.I am not against any of these players but think guys .We definitely need a bench striker if not an important first team one:)
    COYG GOONER FOR LIFE

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  16. Big Gun

    Santi to be offered with cash for Costa? Now I have heard it all. Think I am going to stop reading all this transfer bullsh*t and just wait till the last day…

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  17. GunnerCPH

    Just take Di Maria or Morata on loan for the season and have them rotate with Ox and Gnabry.

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  18. muffdiver

    Rooneys agent has flat refused any deal to remain at man u. They have 4 clubs currently showing active interest . We are one of those clubs. He does have previous here I.e.the man city saga, however with new manager an poor season by their standards its possible.

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    1. junweiseah

      Salah is only one year older than the OX, I’d rather play the OX than sign Salah.

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  19. sino301

    yes but we have a striker problem even worse than before and neither of them can play as one unlike walcott

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  20. proffetic

    I think he has to buy now. Anyone remember what came of that Ukrainian Yevhen Ponoplyanka.Absolutely brilliant winger/striker.He virtually destroyed England.We were supposed to be interested in him.Weneed more pace upfront.

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    1. SHOWEN

      Yeah..the guy is good but not Arsenal standard.I’m a foreign Medical Student in Ukraine so i see his matches or at least highlights of his matches on weekly basis…good but not an improvement on what we have.

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  21. Hafiz Rahman

    why not go for di maria and draxler instead then we have 2 quality wingers

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    1. Hafiz Rahman

      this is not Fifa…everyone shouting for di maria and Draxler to be signed…why not bring them in….we lacked of quality wingers especially LW…..

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  22. Kenyana

    Alternatively, double-footed cazorla to the right wing and podolski to the left. Podolski, walcott n Cazorla have relative goal-scoring ability

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  23. Hafiz Rahman

    Striker

    DM

    LW

    RB

    4th Centreback

    Gk

    These are 6 positions we are currently lacking of…..

    In Jan the priority should be a top quality striker to provide the finishing…

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    1. whickid

      i’d go for Striker and DM. the rest aren’t that urgent. They can wait till summer,IMO

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  24. Twig

    They’ll take on players more than Theo, that’s for sure, but they don’t quite have Theo’s finishing. I suspect both ox and gnabry will develop into finer players than Theo, hopefully Theo would have been “promoted” to a CF by that time on a permanent basis.

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  25. leo

    arsenal are looking at pedro difficult to sign him we did try in summer & di maria or lavezzi on loan as replacment for theo

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      1. leo

        player unhappy at madid made rude gestures 2wards madrid fans & got angry aginst madrid media in press conf he is most likely 2 leave & we all know wenger tried 4 him in summer

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  26. leo

    Chamberlain is expected to make his first appearance in almost 5 months, when AFC reserves play on Thursday

    Arsenal are in contact with Real Madrid board regarding a loan deal for Morata. Wenger desperate to sign Spaniard

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  27. peter zhang

    I do think Gnabry is better than Theo.He has the quality
    .look his face,his eyes,his figure…That is a great star
    has.i believe in him,he can make the difference.

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  28. jeezy

    Ox and serge are now important to us because we can use them both since we have many games ahead of us and most importantly strikers 2 or 3 striker are what we really need and a strong defending mid fielder the rest am sure wenger knows what to do.

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  29. No10

    Why would Madrid loan us Morata? They have less strikers than we do. What they have is massively crowded wings so I believe a loan for Di Maria or Isco would have more chances to succeed.

    One of these 2 plus a striker. With all the names you guys quote it shows one thing…options are out there.

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  30. Onochie

    In respect to the article,I believe that what we need is a CF period,asking questions about the right winger issue sounds like you have lost hope and don’t trust Ox and serg,I believe they can perform.

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  31. Jack123

    Arsenal need sign a striker/winger. Probably morata or jackson martinez

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