Arsenal star Theo Walcott says his time on the sidelines has helped him watch the games from a different perspective. Walcott was injured for 10 months when he ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament and featured for the first time this season in the game against Burnley at the Emirates.
Walcott admits he gets nervous when things aren’t going the right way and says it hurts when the efforts of his team mates go unrewarded. Walcott’s return opens up a number of possible formations for Arsenal and as an Arsenal fan, one can’t help but get excited by the front line of Giroud, Welbeck, Sanchez and Walcott.
Walcott also was quite appreciative of the criticism he gets from the stands and says the criticism gives him the extra edge to do better.
Walcott told arsenal.com:
I’m the sort of person that likes to get involved in everything. I’m quite chilled at times but if it’s getting tense [watching a match] I get quite nervous because I know how hard the guys work throughout the week. It’s good because you get to see a different side of it. Not just that, you see the people around you and the buzz they get from anything that a player does and you think, ‘OK, I’ll remember that for next time’.
It looks so much easier when you’re watching it, so I really feel for the guys when I’m there having a go and saying, ‘You should have done this’. But when you’re down on the pitch everything happens instantly. You’re allowed your opinion, I don’t mind that at all. It’s passion and that’s what it’s about. Fans have a go at me, which is great because it will get that extra percentage out of people and I think that’s important
What’s even more important is a win over the twats from Manchester. Walcott may not start given that he has just returned from a long term injury but against a makeshift United defence he can make an impact coming from the bench as well. That said we should not get carried away because our defence isn’t exactly watertight at the moment either and the game may become a case of who scores more wins.