Theo Walcott has revealed that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain looks set to take over Lukas Podolski role as Arsenal’s biggest joker.
In a wide-ranging interview with BT Sport ahead of Arsenal’s meeting with Middlesbrough in the FA Cup, the speedy winger said that whilst the likes of Wojciech Szczesny and the Spanish duo of Monreal and Cazorla had some good banter, none could compare to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
“Alex has got some good stuff. Good banter. Szczesny is not bad as well. Nacho and Santi as a duo are very good,” he said.
“We call Nacho ‘Crouchy’ because of the resemblance of him and Peter Crouch. Sorry Crouchy.”
Theo will be looking to make up for lost time in this year’s competition after he missed out on our Cup winning exploits in 2014 through injury.
Whilst he scored against Tottenham in the third round last year, he ruptured his knee ligaments and only returned in December.
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However, his goal against Brighton in the fourth round and recent volley against Leicester perhaps shows he’s slowly rebuilding his form and confidence.
You’d expect it to be a big season for him, as his contract is coming to a close in 2016. Now would be the time he’d be negotiating a new deal, and if he wants a pay rise he’d better start banging in the goals.