Theo Walcott has made quite a name for himself. One of the most pacy wingers in the modern game, he combines his pace with trickery and the skill to cut into the box, not to mention a rather good eye for goal. Nothing sounds more mouth watering than a partnership with Mesut Ozil, and the Englishman feels the German star will flourish with all the pace in the side.
His long term absence through injury was one of the major blows that helped derail the Arsenal title challenge last season, and the ACL injury he picked up also kept him out of the World Cup campaign.
But with the player slowly returning to match fitness, the anticipation is building among Arsenal fans as to when they will see him on the field again. Walcott himself has become more active in the media, and discussed the subject of Ozil and why he sometimes seems to fade from the game. Walcott is certain that the amount of pace in Arsenal’s squad will bring out the very best in the German midfielder.
The England international is expected to return soon, and feature in a forward line where the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Danny Welbeck and Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain are also known for their speed. Walcott says these options will help stretch defences and aid Ozil and the rest of Arsenal’s midfielders.
He told Arsenal’s official website:
You have us bombing on and then you have the likes of Aaron, Jack, Mesut and Rosicky, who can all spot a pass, so that’s only going to help the team.
When [Mesut] was at Real Madrid and he had Di Maria, Ronaldo and Benzema, three very pacy guys, the number of assists he got was absolutely key. It’s a massive season for him personally and I think the likes of us guys will help him tremendously.
There’s a lot of pacy guys in this team now and we’re thinking that’s what we might have lacked last year, especially when I got injured – there weren’t as many players to get in behind [defences]. Defenders then double up on you, which creates space for other people. We’ll be very dangerous on the counter-attack.
It’s very exciting for Arsenal fans to see. I think it will maybe bring back the years where we were so successful. It’s all about pace now and that’s what you need in a team and we have bags and bags of that.
Walcott was right about the pace in the Real Madrid side, but it remains to be seen whether that will be able to bring out the best in Ozil. Certainly he was far from his best against Manchester City, a game in which he was played on the wings. With the return of Walcott, maybe we will finally see Wenger shift Ozil into his preferred attacking midfield role.