There is no doubt that Arsenal lacked pace at times last season. One of the main reasons for that was that we had to do without arguably the fastest top flight footballer on the planet, Theo Walcott, after the England international had two separate long spells on the sidelines.
Theo is still making his way back from the second of those, a cruciate ligament problem, but he is clearly keen to get back in action for Arsenal as soon as possible, as his interview on Arsenal.com reveals. And it looks like the Gunners’ rivals had better watch out, as Walcott is ready to make up for his frustration of last season, especially with the added pace and power that Arsenal’s newest signing Alexis Sanchez will bring to the team.
The 25-year old forward said, “Sanchez is a world-class player and I enjoyed watching him play for Barcelona and for Chile at the World Cup.
“He’s still very young as well and he is going to show so much pace and power, which we lacked a bit last year. With me and him on the flanks, a lot of teams won’t be looking forward to playing Arsenal this year!
“There’s a great buzz around the club at the moment. He is a marquee signing and something that the club has pushed on to: first you had Mesut Ozil and now it is Alexis Sanchez. Who knows where it is going to stop?
“It is great to learn from these players, and I cannot wait to play alongside him. I am really looking forward to it.
“The knee is going really well, I am doing some good stuff with the physios and fitness coaches and we have worked really hard throughout the summer. Things are looking really good and I have worked very hard for the last five months now.
“The most important thing is getting the strength back and it has pretty much nearly healed – it is just about building up that stability and strength again. It is coming along nicely and I am really pleased.”
It must have been hard for Walcott last season, especially coming off the back of his best year ever when he was the club’s top scorer. Let’s hope that we see a lot more of him for Arsenal this season, alongside his new pacey team mate from Chile. Our rivals had better watch for those two on the wings…