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How could Walcott’s return to action impact Arsenal’s setup? by SE

They always say, “Great things take time”, which, in Theo Walcott’s case could prove to be true. Arsene Wenger had proclaimed on Thursday that the Englishman would return to training, after the international break culminates but, would be rushed into action. However, as and when Walcott does return to action, how could it affect the way Arsenal are setting up now?

Talking Points on Arsenal’s setup, once Walcott returns:
Walcott is an out-and-out winger who could be deployed as a striker as well. However, with the acquisition of Welbeck, the 25-year old Englishman should continue to operate as a winger, primarily. Once Walcott returns, it could well be Cazorla who makes way for the Englishman. The Spaniard has been a livewire in Arsenal’s scheme of things, during the early periods of the season. But Ozil should fill his void by playing alongside Ramsey in Arsenal’s engine room, with Walcott taking up the German’s temporary position as a Right-Winger.

Walcott, with his pace and propensity to put crosses into the 18-yard box, would be a better bet to play as a Right-Winger than Ozil. Tactically, then, Sanchez can cut in on his right foot, and have a shot on goal when the chance presents itself. But, irrespective of how the Chilean operates on the Left-Wing, Walcott will be expected to hold the byline and swing crosses into the business area, for Welbeck or Sanogo to latch onto. That, subsequently, will enable Arsenal to create more number of chances from the flanks than what they have managed to, so far.


  1. Don King says:

    Lets hope he stays injury free. He has lost of goals & assists in him.

    1. angryblackman3 says:

      when is theo and diaby due back?

      1. seancali says:

        now Theo coming back from injury would indeed be a new signing. Man we have missed him

  2. Greg says:

    Cant wait for theo to return@ coyg!

  3. gunnerman8701 says:

    When is he coming back?

    1. JamaicaTopGunner says:

      I can hardly wait for Walcott’s return.we miss his pace n his improved finishing cutting in from the right..oh n its LW tht ozil is currently playing not RW

  4. JDodge says:

    He’ll feel like a new signing.

  5. Greg says:

    I really miss theo’s pace it will be great to have him back in an arsenal shirt! Coyg!

  6. Greg says:

    Theo ” the speed merchant” walcott! We miss you son!

  7. Gunnerbongo says:

    If we had a proper CDM then our list could have been cdm
    cdm ramsey
    walcot ozil sanchez
    this would allow ramsey and ozil to add energy and creativity without any fear of dangerous counter attack from opponents.but with arteta,am afraid ramsey has to sacrifice his attacking instincts.

  8. teejay2287 says:

    Ah Walcott! I really miss you. But according to reports he is set to return against Tottenham on sept 27. How funny it looks. He was injure against tottenham and set to return against Tottenham also

  9. Greg says:

    Theo > sanchez > welbeck= premeireship defenders beware! Coyg!

  10. Aggelos says:

    You have to wonder how this injury has affected him physically.

  11. kingson says:

    Many people have been asking for a left wing to be brought in but I believe Walcott will do well on the left wing. He is one of our best finishers and hence I believe Arsene must set the team up in a way that suits that quality he’s got. Walcott can easily get 20 plus goals if he plays on the left wing and cut in to score(Ronaldo, Ribery, Robben all play on the opposite side to their preferred foot; even Henry who was mainly right footed liked to attack from the left). With Ozil as our CAM(if Arsene decides to quit “project Wilshere”) he has the vision to spot the runs. Walcott and Sanchez on the wings will give as much needed speed and more goals as well.

    1. kingson says:

      Just so u guys know, I am not hating on Wishere. I believe he is our midfielder with the greatest potential. Anytime it’s been tried it has not worked really well, but I really hope that one day Wishere and Ramsey would mature enough to boss the midfield together in front of the defense and behind the CAM. At the moment I don’t think their matured enough to do it but given time and the right coaching I can see it happening. Ramsey has all the qualities to play like the likes of Alonso and Gerrard whilst Wilshere has the potential to be like Scholes or Pirlo. If both of them grow to be very defensively capable, with their qualities they naturally have(Wilshere being a good passer and Ramsey an engine) I can see them having a good partnership in midfield.

  12. Cartman says:

    Walcott may take some time before he is back to his best. Need to be patient, but when he is back to his best he is a goal scoring machine

    1. jperiod says:

      the last thing we want is for them to rush Theo back and he gets injured again. I would ease him back into full fitness and not press him into service until he is ready. He has not returned to training yet, and I am OK if they delay his full return until the Chelsea game. I agree, we will be a much better team with him terrorizing the left backs.

  13. davidnz says:

    When Walcott plays well
    he plays well.

    1. Fatboy Gooney says:

      Your a GENIUS NZ….. NOT! : )

  14. Arsene-Scrooge-Wenger says:

    well if any one plays well, I would assume they playing well.

  15. GOONSTER says:

    It’s the same people that will be cursing him when he becomes inconsistent.. So I wouldn’t trust all the people looking at Walcott as our savior, because it will be the same ones calling him average, all pace but nothing more etc…

  16. Welbeck out says:

    Walcott another Arsenal English player to not live up to expectations.

    will Wellbeck follow suit?

  17. Welbeck out says:

    hey Fat boy, it been a while.

    you been over at Spurs or something

  18. says:

    How can I say this em!!!!!!! Is he a DM ? No so stop this hoping we will change coz we won’t. We need to look at next season and buy world class DM world class CD ver good LD & RB cover and 2 EPL midfielders as cover. All our old players need to have a place at arsenal but not the first team maybe backroom staff. And our French friend AD can’t play for us well not that he ever has. But he’s a good lad honest boy. Then I would pay the money it takes to get Denis back from PSV as our number 2 coz I just don’t no what bold is doing

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  19. Darlingbudsofarse says:

    Don’t expect to have Theo come in and immediately start firing on all cylinders. It will take him some time before he can start from where he left off. So please gooners let’s give him time and support him through his settling in period. Thanks Gooners!!

  20. Twig says:

    Just a quick question, who has been better so far this season for Arsenal? Cazorla or Ozil?

    1. No Giroud, I'm happy says:

      I would say Cazrola, even though both are out of form

      1. Twig says:

        Then why is everyone saying Cazorla should make way for Ozil when Walcott returns? I just don’t get it. Are we picking players based on form or what? 😐

        1. No Giroud, I'm happy says:

          42m is too much to be for a benched player, that’s what people (including Wenger) think, I guess

  21. Zulu-boy-SA says:

    I’m sorry I just can’t count on Theo, he will play 2 games and get injured again, his body is too soft

    1. IrishGooner85 says:

      Don’t be so negative ! Just be happy that he is coming back !

  22. truegunner12 says:

    While I’d be fine with more players recovering from injury I’d be very careful with how he is integrated into the formation. For a while now we have been experimenting with a few formations, most notably the 4 2 3 1 and the 4 1 4 1, both formations are well balanced assuming there is sufficient and competent cover for the back 4, right now we do not have a solid defensive midfielder and Flamini gets cards as if he is preparing for a poker game. That being said Theo walcott’s pace is great for overloading wings especially with Debuchy behind him, however that is a double edged sword because in overloading the wing you leave yourself open to counter attacks, ESPECIALLY if you do not have a defensive midfielder.

    Walcott does not track back and if Debuchy does choose to overlap it could very well spell problems for us because both would be far up the field with only Debuchy realling wanting to track back much. Moreover with the amount of pace theo has it leaves a lot of space behind him making more apparent the need for a solid DM, which again we do not have.

    Now the formation will probably be one of the 2 that I mentioned and if that were the case Welbeck playing the lone striker would be an obvious choice, Sanchez would be on wing, Walcott on the other. In either formation Arsenal in its current state is unblanced simple because of how many attacking minded players we have. I am not sure just what the formation Wegner had in mind because we have too many players that play the same position and not enough in the positions that we do NOT have filled. It is very similar to the position Man U find themselves in where they have Mata, RVP, Di Maria and Falcao without a formation that benefits from them all AND without addressing their defensive issues.

  23. Josicky says:

    Walcott doesn’t track back??? Now that was funny, man!!!

  24. GoonerG1 says:

    Walcott’s game is pace and there is no guarantee he will have the same pace coming back from a torn ACL. We’ll have to wait and see but don’t expect too much too soon.

  25. IrishGooner85 says:

    THEO THEO THEO !!! Cannot wait for this boy to come back ! The pace down the flanks we will have will be unstoppable !!

  26. rkw says:

    The mindless support for the whippet on this site is sad…. The guy is a one trick pony..he is quick… Sadly he doesn’t even use that to destabilize most decent defences …. It’s clear that sterling is already a better player for England because his first touch, movement off ball and dribbling are superior … Best let the ox who is work in progress be given a starting chance… Whippets can be brought on in last 20 minutes when defences are tired… But should sell him in January as part of package to bring in reus or player of real quality

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