Arsene Wenger has explained his decision to keep faith in one particular man on Arsenal’s right wing for much of the season so far.
The Arsenal manager has been rewarded for making the big call to change his main striker from Olivier Giroud to Alexis Sanchez at the start of the campaign.
But another new plan Wenger has stuck with is keeping Theo Walcott as the regular right-winger even though he rather rotates his options on the left flank between Alex Iwobi and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Before scoring on Saturday, Walcott’s goals and assists appeared to have dried up for a couple of games and with Aaron Ramsey back, the Welshman was expected to reclaim his role on the right wing.
However, Wenger insists he prefers using Walcott over others on the right because of the Englishman’s specific attributes.
“We have a guy up front [Sanchez] who doesn’t stay up there, he likes to come deep to make passes for the runners.” the Gunners boss told the club’s official website
“That’s as well why I play with runners like Walcott, who can come and fill-in in these positions. We can come a little bit from everywhere and with the quality of the passing behind, that explains certainly why we can score goals.”
So how valuable is Theo Walcott at all? Ahead of this season, a compilation which features most of the 27-year-old’s contributions in big games was put together.
The moments you’re reminded of below could make you appreciate the much-maligned forward a little more.