One of the major attributes in the game of the Arsenal and England forward Theo Walcott over the years has been his blistering pace. In fact, in his early years Walcott was heavily criticised for being all about the pace, about the pace, no treble (sorry).
But he has really worked on the rest of his game and improved his finishing so those critics, like Alan Hansen, have been proved wrong. But his pace is still one of his biggest dangers, although now the Gunners have more than just him who is able to blow the opposing players away with their speed.
A quick look at the squad now shows you players like Alexis Sanchez, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Kieran Gibbs, Hector Bellerin and even Mesut Ozil who are all very fleet of foot. And Walcott thinks that this could be the difference between Arsenal and Man City in the big Premier League clash later on.
He told Arsenal Player, “We are definitely one of the best teams in the Premier League. With the squad we have and when everyone is fit and consistent, I don’t think many teams can cope with the pace we have and the new signings of Alexis and getting people like Mesut back as well.
“It is only looking bright going into where it matters, at the end of the season. Everyone needs to be 100 per cent focused on Sunday and we should not have a problem.”
Very upbeat stuff from the Arsenal star there, but when you consider that he scored twice away to Man City last season and that we look in a much better position to compete this time around, after a good week since the last game, who can blame him?
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