There has been much said about Arsenal’s new defensive partnership between Mustafi and Koscielny, and the defensive depth that we have to cover them if (god forbid) one of them gets injured or banned, but what about our amazing new strike partnership of Walcott and Alexis in the attack. They seem to be like two falsenines,swapping positions at will, but do we have the same cover if we lose one of them?
Perez is quite unproven so far, and although the Ox looks vastly improved from last season, could he seamlessly replace Walcott? Theo himself is more than happy with his strike partner. “It’s started off very well. “he said after the Basel game. “I will look back on this game but, yeah, the combinations between me and him are very positive at this moment in time. We seem to sort of know when we play off each other quite well. If he comes short, I go long and we’ve just got a good sort of combinations.
“The whole team has tended to play very well together, and when we lose the ball everyone tries to be first to get it back. That starts from Alexis at the top and he sets the pace for us all, and it seems to be clicking at this moment in time.”
Wenger himself has said that Walcott is doing much more defensive work this season, and Walcott thinks that he also has another great working partnership. “It’s getting a good sort of partnership there, but it’s not just that, the whole team seems to be clicking. Me and Hector have got a good relationship on that right-hand side, it’s quite a pacy right-hand side.
“I think the whole team tends to react well and defend well as a unit and clean sheets are going to win games because we’re going to score plenty of goals. That combination between me and Alexis, it’s boding well but it’s obviously still very early into the season, so hopefully we can all stay fit and it’s going to be a good run.”
Having started just 7 gameseach, both Alexis and Walcott both are on 5 goals each already,so can Wenger afford to rest one or the other in any game when their partnership is going sowell?