Walcott return to give Arsenal REAL pace and NEW tactics?

When Arsenal had to do without the England international speed merchant for most of last season, especially with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also in the treatment room, it meant that the Gunners were missing a huge ingredient in modern football, pace.

So the news that the flying forward is due back in action for Arsenal soon after the current international break is really good. However, Walcott will come back into a much changed looking Arsenal attack and he will not be the one player with pace for the likes of Mesit Ozil and Aaron Ramsey to find with through balls.

Potentially, Arsenal will play with Alexis Sanchez, Walcott and Danny Welbeck in a front three and all of those players have serious speed in their lockers. So will this call for a change of style and tactics from Wenger? You would have to think so, to a certain extent.

We have always relied on our passing and possession in recent years, but it can be a bit slow and predictable and hard for us to penetrate a well organised opponent’s defence. You should now see us start to stretch teams more by the use of pace and we should also be a lot more dangerous on the counter attack.

Maybe the most difference then will be against the big teams, especially away from the Emirates stadium. So is this the start of a new era for Arsenal?

Tags Alexis Ozil welbeck


  1. Root says:

    Just in time for the spuds game

  2. Matt says:

    Is Walcott definitely back in full training? Wenger said he was back in on the 31st August. Reckon he’ll be in the squad against City on Saturday?

    1. Archangel says:

      no he wont/cant be…didnt even have squad training as everyone is round the world..need to ease him in…so once he starts he doesnt stop..there will be no looking back

    2. RSH says:

      Wenger said back in training after the international break. And they aren’t going to rush him back in, so I’d say a week or two after returning to training. We’ll see.

  3. Archangel says:

    Love Rios statement-sanchez, walcot, ox and welbeck upfront would give jamaica 4*100 sprinters a run for their money:)Hopefully by november we will begoing 101% crushing on site

  4. seancali says:

    Theo/ox/sanchez/welbeck…deadly.very scary for our opponents.go to love it.get back soon Theo.his arrival will indeed be like a world class signing

    1. SaveArsenal says:

      The big question is will Wenger use their speed to best advantage?
      He already has two of those players available but hasn’t really utilised their speed with formation and tactics.
      Factor in that his tactics are still baffling to everyone but Wenger and the fact that he is using a physically light #10 who doesn’t defend well stuck out on the wing, Ozil vs Coleman? Come on Wenger there is simply no excuse for such preposterous tactics and mismanagement of team strengths.
      I am a fan of Ozil but FFS play him in the correct position!

      This team has amazing potential but I fear we will see none of the fast attacking incisive football that Liverpool for instance are playing, more sideways/back passing and slowing the game to monotony is on the cards!

      If Wenger had a racehorse he would make it pull a cart!

  5. seancali says:

    Sanchez Theo
    Ramsey carvalho

    On the bench: cazorla.jack.ox.
    Now that’s a dream team

    1. arselonia says:

      Don’t be delude man..! Mention the players we have not out of imagination calling carvalho

  6. Ted Drake says:

    I would eventually like to see this formation:

    –Sanchez – Özil – Walcott—
    ————-back 5————

    1. seancali says:

      Add carvalho instead of flamini and we are title contenders

  7. RSH says:

    for Man City match, we should start Cazorla over Ozil. If anyone remembers, Ozil was not good in big matches, and Santi is usually a lot better. And Ozil might be injured anyways…

    1. RSH says:

      im embracing the thumbs down for not saying something positive about Ozil. Bring it on >:)

      1. Ted Drake says:

        I agree Özil hasn’t been great in the big games but Cazorla wasn’t exactly great either.

        1. RSH says:

          Agree, none have been great. But Ozil has only played a few matches so far and is injured right now. With Spain Santi was looking good, and hes more match fit. If wenger just doesnt play him on the wings he’ll do much better…

  8. Cartman says:

    I prefer this for City


  9. Greg says:

    Im elated to have theo back! We missed you mate! Coyg!

  10. Archangel says:

    reus just got taken out by a scot! knee again, doesnt look good..we are just interested in him and already he cant stay fit…

    1. RSH says:

      I like Reus, but if this means he’s injured for the match against us, its in our favor. Hope he’s fit the day after though cause I like him and he’s a great player 🙂

    2. DanielC1989 says:

      it was his ankle m8

  11. Twig says:

    Surely, Thomas Muller must win the Ballon d’or for 2014? Any objections?

    1. Archangel says:

      there probably will be bunch of people who cant see anyone besides ronaldo/messi complaining…

      1. Zulu-boy-SA says:

        Ronaldo will be in the mix for sure, after that gay dance when he scored his 15th goal in the Champions league

    2. Tidan2 says:

      it’ll be messi especially after being the “best” player at the WC which was a fu***** joke

    3. RSH says:

      Neuer has to be in the running. GK’s get no love nowadays.

    4. Zulu-boy-SA says:

      No objection sir, what a player, man I loved it when he stood his ground against that portugal idiot defender.

  12. Eric says:

    The most amazing and yet annoying thing about wenger is that. He loves french players and buying from the french league yet our much need CDM for years can’t be acquired while the french. And french league are renowned for having them in quantum. That got me confused really!

    1. phil-thompsons-nose says:

      Concur Eric

    2. jonestown1 says:

      7 French players in the 30 man squad; 8 British players, 7 Spanish speaking players and 5 Germans. His love of French players is slightly exaggerated and more of a cliche now as opposed to a reality.

  13. Franko says:

    My best eleven.

    Wojciech Szczesny

    Debuchy – Mertesacker – Koscielny – Gibbs

    Ramsey – Chambers


    Campbell – Welbeck – Sanchez

  14. Franko says:

    OR this line up for the big games.

    Wojciech Szczesny

    Debuchy – Mertesacker – Koscielny – Gibbs

    Ramsey – Chambers


    Campbell – Welbeck – Sanchez

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