Theo Walcott has been talking tactics, and in the wake of our 3-1 win over Everton in the Barclays Asia trophy he has revealed the frustrating tactic Arsene Wenger has looked to instill in our side.
Walcott scored the first of our three goals against Everton, and has been in fine form since his return from injury. He claims that the key to our success has been our ability to frustrate the opposition, keeping possession and forcing them into mistakes.
“It was important that, when you’re 3-0 up, we kept the ball and frustrated teams,” he said, as quoted by Arsenal.com.
“When you frustrate teams it does always create gaps and someone doesn’t do their job properly, then we can kill it. We’ve learnt not to panic in games because there’s a lot of time for us to score goals and win a game.
“That’s the crucial thing that the manager’s put in our heads and we’ve definitely shown that now.”
We are known for our possession football, and our ability to probe defences until we find an opening. Our tactic often leaves opponents tired, which inevitably gives us the upper hand in the latter stages of the game.
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If we get an early lead we can often be hard to match, as our style and the players we have – such as Theo Walcott, Alexis Sanchez, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – mean we are devastating on the counter.
Our tactics aren’t the only thing that are frustrating at the moment though, as Walcott’s contract situation is getting more than a little tiresome (via Sky Sports).
Hopefully we can get him tied down to a new deal soon and go back to frustrating our Premier League opposition.