Theo Walcott believes his status as Arsenal’s resident ‘Speedy Gonzales’ stands him in good stead as he looks to secure a regular starting berth at the Emirates.
The England winger, who missed a two-month chunk of the season with an abdominal problem, scored a brace on his return to the first XI last weekend at Manchester City and firmly believes his directness will be a fine alternative to the trickery of his midfield teammates.
“You need different options,” Walcott told Arsenal.com. “We’ve got a lot of players who love getting on the ball, who have great touch and great supply, but you need a bit of pace just to stretch teams and give them that extra bit of worry.
“We’ve got so much danger going forwards and it’s a nice headache for the manager to have. I’m a totally different player to most of our other options.”
Given his two-goal salvo at the Eithad, Walcott should be a nailed on starter for tonight’s game against Chelsea, a fixture in which he’s enjoyed a good scoring record. He scored his first ever Arsenal goal in the Carling Cup final against the Blues and has since netted in three Premier League encounters. There was even another strike in the FA Cup semi-final a couple of years ago when we were Drogbuggered for the millionth time.
In other news, Carl Jenkinson says the nine days off since the 6-3 defeat in Manchester will have done the squad good. The boys were given a couple of days to let their hair down, during which time they held their Christmas party, and should now be raring to go for the arrival of John Terry and his ghastly West London bandits.
“It’s nice to have a little rest and have a little break because we’ve done so well up until this stage,” Jenkinson told Arsenal Player.
“Maybe we just needed that little break and a little time to recoup physically and mentally.
“Sometimes it’s nice after a not so good result to go out there and play again as soon as possible but at the same time there’s the advantages of having a little break.”