Three reasons Walcott must start for Arsenal v Chelsea

Every Arsenal fan on the planet (I am not sure if there are any in space but them too) will be hoping that our Chilean star striker Alexis Sanchez comes through the next two days of training and proves to Arsene Wenger that there is no risk in starting him at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

Even if Alexis does start the game, though, I think that the Gunners should have our England international Theo Walcott in the side as well. Not necessarily in the centre forward role because Olivier Giroud is doing pretty well but there are three good reasons for Walcott to start.

The first is the idea that the 10 year anniversary of him becoming an Arsenal player and the good feeling that all the things people have been saying about him should produce a good response and performance from the pacy forward.

Along with that is the fact that we have Mesut Ozil back and the two have been forming a great understanding. Theo has the pace and movement to make the most of Ozil´s passing ability and vision and I do not think it was a coincidence that Walcott’s worst game for a while came at Stoke when Ozil was missing.

Finally there is the identity of the opponents. The new Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink has always been a proponent of the Dutch passing game and so I am not expecting a Mourinho style bus parking. A more open game certainly suits Walcott better and he does like playing Chelsea, with his record of five goals against them only bettered by the six he has put past Newcastle.

It would be hard on Joel Campbell if he missed out but I really think this game is set up for Walcott to shine. What do you guys think?

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  1. Greg says:

    I’m glad to hear about Alexis and mesut ozil will be available for the chelsea clash on Sunday! Coyg!

    1. SoOpa AeoN says:

      Looks like there are certain nonentities who aren’t glad bout the return of alexis and Ozil

      Truck Load of Trolls….

      1. GoonerLad says:

        I don’t get these guys that thumb down on a comment every Arsenal supporter can agree on, are they Tottenham and Chelsea fans disguised as Arsenal fans or what ?

  2. Twig says:

    No. The reason for Walcott’s poor performance against Stoke was not because Ozil wasn’t on the pitch, but because he was playing in a slightly awkward position on the right. Campbell is left footed so it should be him playing there not Walcott.

    1. Twig says:

      In a slightly awkward position on the LEFT I meant to say 🙂

    2. GoonerLad says:

      He was on the left first of all, which where he usually scores from, and secondly the RW wasn’t that awkward for him the season he wanted a better contract. Walcott has been poor and just because it’s his 10th anniversary doesn’t mean he deserves to start ahead of Campbell on the RW.

      1. Fatboy Gooney says:

        Its funny how you love slating Walcott off, yet you defend Ramsey as if your life depends on it ??

        1. GoonerLad says:

          Well Ramsey contributes to the team no matter what even when he has a bad game, Walcott neither scores, assists or defends. For every Man City moment he goes missing for another 5 games.

        2. Ks-Gunner says:

          learn the wenger abc bro

          wenger loves ramsey, wengerits controlled automatically will love him too 😛

  3. davidnz says:

    Good to have so much
    competition for the wing
    Sanchez Campbell Walcott
    Ox Iwobi.
    If Theo starts great, if he
    starts from the bench also great.

  4. davidnz says:

    Break it down
    It’s hammer time
    (Mo) Hamed time 🙂

    1. davidnz says:

      Mohamed Mohamed Eln’y
      He fights for the Ars’nal
      The whole world can see.

      1. Ks-Gunner says:

        he is going to be the bomb. lol.

  5. joeboy says:

    Walcott should be dropped, campbell has been performing well and actually played alright against stoke (well better then walcott) and he tracks back alot better. It would be harsh to drop him just coz its walcotts tenth year at the club, wouldnt do campbells confidence any good

  6. Greg says:

    These trolls are really pathetic!

    1. Fatboy Gooney says:

      Talking of Trolls … Adidas trolled Chelsea by sending P.Cech’s new gloves to their training ground this week!

  7. Dennis says:

    Sanchez will be on the bench, walcott on the left, joel on the right and Giroud as CF. Walcott is not on form right now and he shouldn’t get a sniff at the CF imo.

  8. Ks-Gunner says:

    nothing brings more joy to the fans then beating the likes of chelsea. coyg. we can do it.

  9. SoOpa AeoN says:

    funny how guys are already singing EL-neny praise when he’s yet to feature for the 1st time at Arsenal


    calm down!….. You’d have all the time in the world to sing and dance naked!

    1. Ks-Gunner says:

      /watch?v=qkyRHRIvoGo XD

  10. dopplesoldner says:

    Saw the latest training pics on

    Don’t know about you guys, but I am most excited to see Coquelin back in training!

  11. At 140 grand a wk Walcott must kneel down at the end of his bed every night and thank the Almighty for Uncle Arsene picking him.

  12. Greg says:

    Could you by chance please do something about these trolls on the site? They are getting to be very annoying!

  13. SoOpa AeoN says:

    Oh Le Coq……….i’m so glad………he’s back in training

  14. Fatboy Gooney says:

    I don’t understand why some fans are busting Walcott’s ball’s for? ?
    When he is the longest serving gooner at the club and he is still only 26! … And stop moaning about his wages, if he wasn’t worth it, the club wouldn’t have given him that pay rise!

    No doubt, that these “we only sing, when we’re winning” fan’s! will be kissing his ass,if he score’s the winner against the chavs on Sunday!

    1. GoonerLad says:

      Same reason I don’t understand why some fans are busting Ramsey’s balls for

  15. SoOpa AeoN says:

    well try playing 10 man (yes, exclude walcott) against any opposition…… Then u’ll know the importance of walcott L()L

    dn’t get me wrong, all players are important even sanogo L()L

  16. To whom it may concern. FREE SPEECH.
    If your annoyed,tuff titty

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