Michael Laudrup is preparing his players to face Arsenal in the FA cup tomorrow, and if his words about Theo Walcott are anything to go by, Swansea will be concentrating heavily in keeping Walcott quiet. The Dane has already steered his unfancied team to the semi-finals of the Capital One cup, and will try to gun down the Gunners tomorrow.
Swansea may have some of their attention on Wednesday’s league cup tie against Chelsea, and Laudrup is worried that Walcott’s pace and finishing could give his defenders a nightmare, wherever he plays. There has been much debate about whether Theo can really operate down the middle as a central striker, but Laudrup has no doubts that he can.
“Theo is a threat whether he plays wide or down the middle.
“He’s not a number nine, but because of his pace he’s so dangerous. He’s faster than 98 percent of the centre backs in the Premier league, so you have to be careful.
“One ball through the middle and he’s gone.
“Speed in football is so important. Of course, speed without quality is useless, but he’s got both.”
Laudrup will be expecting an assault from Arsenal at the Liberty stadium, because he knows that the FA cup represents our best chance of silverware this season, although we are in the knockout stages of the champions league. I would not be too surprised if Wenger starts with Giroud tomorrow and Theo on the right, but he could always hold the big French striker back in case the game is not going to plan with Walcott in the middle.
The most important thing is that the players who do start, do so with a high tempo and attacking intent. The problem the last time we faced Swansea was a lacklustre performance that gave the Welsh team confidence and encouraged them forward. We must not let that happen again