Look, as the Arsenal manager is so fond of saying, if it meant playing a significantly weakened side in a Wembley final that could see Arsenal and Arsene Wenger make FA cup history, then there is no way that Theo Walcott would be in the starting XI to run out onto the hallowed turf on Saturday evening.
But after scoring a superb hat-trick against West Brom on Saturday, the England international already had a very good chance of keeping his place against Aston Villa. And with Walcott due to make the big decision about whether to sign a new contract and commit his future to the Gunners once the season is done and dusted, the boss has an extra incentive to start Theo.
Just like the last time his contract was coming up for renewal, the flying forward has made no secret that the amount of playing time as well as the position he would play, are big factors in making his mind up. For me it is a no brainer because not only is Theo in form, with some very sharp sub appearances before last weekend’s game, but he is a player that we simply must keep hold of.
His pace has always been devastating but now his movement and finishing have caught up with it, Arsenal have to sign him up. If that means starting him at Wembley, Arsene, just do it!