That is now the first two home Premier League games that Arsenal have failed to score a goal, although the world and his wife knows that the referee robbed Aaron Ramsey with the awful offside decision against Liverpool. Still, for the whole of the first game and a large portion of the second we did not look like our usual creative selves.
It is not as if Olivier Giroud has been wasting a lot of chances, or anyone else for that matter, even though some of the shooting has not been up to scratch. So many fans will no doubt be wondering why the boss has not chosen to add the goal threat of Theo Walcott from the start.
I certainly thought that the congested middle of the pitch against Liverpool would have meant that the England forward was an ideal man to bring in, but then again he has not exactly changed the games when coming on as a sub so far.
I have a theory on this. Wenger must rate Walcott highly or he would not have signed him up to a bumper new long term contract this summer, but I think he sees him as something special, offering something different to what Arsenal usually have to offer.
What I think is that Wenger is waiting for the Gunners to get our usual slick passing and fluency going, before he starts to tinker and bring in the likes of Walcott and even the Ox. That is why he is playing Ramsey on the wing, as the Welshman works hard and creates patterns with the likes of Ozil and Cazorla and even with the hold up play of Giroud.
Once Arsenal have settled and are back to normal, I can see Walcott and Chamberlain getting more starts, to add their different and direct styles to a well oiled unit. Do you think this could be why Theo is still stuck on the bench?