Should Arsenal start Walcott against Southampton

I am going on the assumption that the Arsenal injury update given on Danny Welbeck was not some crafty ploy by Arsene Wenger and that the England international striker really has got a thigh problem that will keep him out of the away game against Southampton tomorrow.

And assuming that the boss is not going to change his favourite formation, that leaves him with the options of Alexis Sanchez, Lukas Podolski, Joel Campbell, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Chuba Akpom and Theo Walcott to fill the three forward positions.

I think Wenger is seriously considering playing Walcott on the right, with Alexis in the centre and either Podolski or the Ox on the left. Theo is fit apparently, but is his lack of match time too much of a risk? I am sure the decision would be easier if the flying Englishman had played even a little bit of football in recent weeks, but for some reason Wenger has kept him on the bench.

If that was for cautious reasons, should he really not throw that caution to the wind for one game? It is an important game, of course, and Walcott could be a very useful player to have on the pitch from the start or as a late sub. And the fact that he would be facing his former club would usually guarantee a good performance.

But what if he suffers a recurrence of his injury problem? Is it worth the risk? Do we really have a choice?

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  1. Greg says:

    Yes he should! His pace would make a huge difference!

  2. paul35mm says:

    The boss won’t play Podolski. He hates the guy. He’d rather have Sanogo or the fat guy from the third row with his belly painted with a big red A. Both have the same chance of scoring. And a better chance of playing than a guy who won the World Cup.

    1. Glen says:

      Guess we will not se Podolski play today either. According to mirror, Podolski apparently left training with a “injury” and are not traveling with the squad to play Southhampton.

      Maybe Polski overheard Arsene Wenger planing to play Monreal as left striker, leaving Podolski on Wengeres preferred position “The Bench”

  3. Pythagoras( but you can call me pi) says:

    I wish you all a happy new year!

  4. Greg says:

    Happy new year to all my fellow gunners! All the best!

  5. Pythagoras( but you can call me pi) says:

    So theo will finaly play!!!! and its just becoz Welbbz is injured!!!!!!
    Injury are always a blessing in arsenal. The reason arsenal has lots of injuries is because most of the players always pray and fast n pray more that they happen. Surely all their prayers can’t go unanswered, some get answered and hence players get injured 🙁 🙁
    Why do the players pray so??
    Well, without injuries, Wenger will play only 11 players all season all competitions 🙁 🙁 🙁
    The other players know this so they long for, adore and feel happy when one is injured coz it gives them game time 🙁 🙁
    So sad yet so true 🙁 🙁 🙁
    But Wenger is the problem, don’t hate the players.

    1. Pythagoras( but you can call me pi) says:

      But I think Wenger is changing, the team looked just in a little way different towards end of last year. He must be reading my very wise comments in this site 🙂 🙂 I am honoured to serve my team. May he continue to change n lead us to a Champions League trophy 🙂 🙂 🙂
      COYG 🙁

  6. Mk2013 says:

    Wenger is destroying Podolsk’s career for no apparent reason. Everyone knows the quality of Podolsk. He provides goal and assist as expected for a player playing in forward position. But instead of playing him Wenger plays his favourites who neither score goals or assist. Its frustrating to see so many chances being squandered yet we have undeniably one of the best finishers in the league. There is no doubt about Podolsk’s quality especially looking at the teams lining up for him. If Wenger doesn’t like Podolsk it’s not anything to do with soccer. It’s something personal. Therefor Wenger must not block him from transferring.

    1. ebemka says:

      Thr is more in a game than just goal scring.. As a winger, defence is part of ur game.. Wat happens wen ur team looses possession.. I can show u how many goals we conceded as a result of a loose ball when podolski starts a match… I think u should let winger handle podolski’s issue

  7. junweiseah says:

    Based on the number of defenders alone, a centre back is more of a priority than a dm. Do you want to see monreal played out of position again?

  8. Mick The Gooner says:

    Is Walcott ready to start? I don’t mean fitness-wise, I mean mentally. He’s played about 20 minutes of football in a whole year. I’d have preferred him to have more experience coming off the bench at the end of games to get him ready first before throwing him into such a big game, but if we have to, so be it.

  9. akuma gouki says:

    3 Points and we can celebrate the new year 🙂

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