Arsene Wenger says he is excited about the pace in the Arsenal side once Theo Walcott returns to action. Walcott was an unused substitute in Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Sunderland. Theo is likely to feature within a week or two.
Wenger said he would not rush Walcott back but rather ease the forward into the side. Walcott’s impending return is such a boost and even Wenger can’t hide his excitement at the prospect of naming a starting line up of Welbeck, Sanchez, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Walcott.
Wenger also says he is not sure whether Theo Walcott will feature at Burnley as he wants to make sure that his team win after dropped points against Hull.
I’m very happy because Theo doesn’t look bothered about the injury that happened to him even though he has been out for 10 months. I have to give him competition slowly in the next three or four weeks.
His runs off the ball are fantastic and it always gives you hope that you can score goals. The pace we have in the side when he’s back is very impressive because Welbeck, Alexis and Oxlade-Chamberlain are also very quick. Could the attacking pace frighten defences? Let’s see. My imagination works like yours but I have to prove that they can work together on the pitch and that’s what I’ll try to do when everybody’s back.
I don’t know if Theo will play against Burnley. We dropped points at home unexpectedly against Hull and that¹s why we have to focus on winning the Burnley game before I can plan giving Theo some competition.
Last season, according to many people one of the reasons for our title failure was the lack of pace in the side especially in the absence of Walcott and Ramsey. This time around it looks like Wenger has addressed this issue by building his team based on pace with the signing of Sanchez and Welbeck. Once Walcott returns we will be even more dangerous but will we play to the strengths of those players is a question for another day.