Jamie Carragher has questioned Arsene Wenger’s selection choices against Manchester United, suggesting that Theo Walcott should be used out wide instead of Mesut Özil, according to Turkish-Football.
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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain started our FA Cup clash against Manchester United, and the 21-year-old looked absolutely superb. His power and pace were a constant threat, and his superb run allowed him to set up Nacho Monreal for our opening goal.
He was injured just minutes into the second half however, and had to be replaced – with both Theo Walcott and Aaron Ramsey stripping off as they readied themselves to take to the field.
Walcott was the obvious replacement, a like-for-like right winger whose pace would continue to trouble United. Arsene Wenger instead opted to bring Ramsey on however, pushing Özil out to the wide position.
Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher was not impressed with this move, and believes seeing the German playmaker deployed out wide is likely to have a negative impact on our pacey wide man.
How will Walcott feel when he see's Ozil moved to the right flank? There will be frustration because he's not start http://t.co/VBJ7Gtn6fx
— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) March 9, 2015
The Sky Sports pundit took to Twitter to express his opinions on the matter, writing:”How will Walcott feel when he see’s Ozil moved to the right flank? There will be frustration because he’s not started too often but when you see a player in your position who’s not suited to that role makes you feel worse!”
It is certainly strange that Walcott has been left out of the team in recent weeks, especially as he looked to be finding form following his return from injury. Perhaps Wenger is merely easing him back in following his lengthy layoff, but it does seem like something more is going on.