I have a feeling that I am starting to sound like a broken record, which for young Arsenal fans is something we used to use before CDs and MP3 players. But once again I am going to ask why Arsene Wenger is not using the Arsenal and England speed merchant Theo Walcott.
I understand the manager being cautious with the flying forward after he spent a year on the sidelines with injury, but surely Walcott is back to full fitness now. I hope that this is all a grand plan of Wenger’s to keep Walcott on the leash, increasing his urgency and desire to play, before releasing him like a secret exocet missile.
But I think it is more likely that the manager is just not completely happy with his player, perhaps wanting him to contribute more in all areas of the game rather than just waiting for a chance to use his pace and attack. But that attacking prowess is pretty useful and I think we could have done with it many times this season, against Monaco for instance.
People seem to have forgotten that Theo was our top scorer in his last full season and was buzzing when he picked up that unlucky cruciate injury in the FA cup win over the spuds last season. Before that he impressed then Barcelona boss Guardiola so much that the Spaniard said you need a pistol to stop him. Against United’s ponderous and disorganised defence, is this the perfect time to unleash Walcott?