Arsene Wenger insists that he is yet to decide who will start against Aston Villa in the FA Cup final this weekend, and claims that Theo Walcott can’t be sure of a place – despite his heroics against West Bromwich Albion.
Walcott was the hat-trick hero against the Baggies in our final Premier League game of the season, scoring three goals in the first half to put the game to bed.
Wenger hasn’t decided on who will play at Wembley this weekend however, and stated that when it comes to team selection, his mind would not be made up based on individual performances.
“I don’t know who will start yet and it’s not important because it’s just on the day in the FA Cup final. What is important is that you bring the trophy back. It’s always a concern for the whole squad,” he said, according to the Daily Mail.
“I just think it is important to focus as a whole squad on winning the trophy. Most of the time the heroes are the people who come on in an FA Cup final – they make the difference.
“That’s why it is important as a reward for the whole team who have fought very hard the whole season to get there. Let’s deal with it as a whole squad.
“Theo has shown that he is back in good form but that’s normal. I said that before last week’s game.
“What is important is that we do not make too many individual cases before the cup final.”
Despite Wenger’s comments, it’s hard to see him dropping Theo Walcott. The England international was in inspired form against Tony Pulis’ side, and there would be outrage among fans if we were to lose with Walcott starting on the bench.
He may not start up front again, as the manager could keep faith with his compatriot Olivier Giroud. You would expect Walcott to feature on the wing at the very least though, especially with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain yet to return to fill fitness and Danny Welbeck out injured (via Arsenal.com).