Arsenal Need To Start Theo Walcott Against Chelsea This Weekend!


It’s fair to say that Oliver Giroud has had a disappointing start to his season this year.

I am a big fan of the French striker but you cannot get away from the fact that he’s currently under-performing and in a bit of rut. He’d be best served spending more time on the bench in my opinion.

Even though he has two goals in five Premier League appearances so far, Giroud has snatched at too many chances and his all round play hasn’t been as good as it has been in recent seasons. To be quite blunt it simply hasn’t been good enough!

Questions have been asked about Giroud’s abilities and whether or not he can be that main striker who can fire them to a league title. Those sort of doubts seem to be heavy on Oliver’s mind.

Earlier this month the international striker was booed by his own set of fans as he produced a lacklustre performance against Serbia for Les Bleus.

Things weren’t helped when the tall hitman saw red in the first half of Arsenal’s 2-1 defeat at the hands of Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League last night.

To be honest, Arsene Wenger should have done more in the summer to bring in another forward to help his threadbare striking¬†department. That was reinforced with the news that Danny Welbeck will be out until December at the earliest due to recent surgery on his knee. Giroud’s poor form makes Wenger’s lack of spending this summer even more bizarre.

Thankfully for Wenger and the Gunners support, there does seem to be an in-form alternative in Theo Walcott. 

The English international has been desperate to stay clear of injuries and prove himself as a capable striker, who can be deployed through the middle.

This really could be his time, especially if he can gun down Chelsea’s title hopes this weekend.

Without doubt Jose Mourinho and his defence would prefer to see a misfiring Giroud start ahead of Theo as his combative style is more to the liking of John Terry and Co.

But Walcott’s burning pace could be a different kettle of fish for the English league champions to deal with. They have been exposed by pacey forwards plenty of times already this term and having Walcott running in behind them could cause fear within the Blues defensive ranks.

Like Oliver Giroud, Walcott has two strikes this campaign. But the twenty-six year old has looked more dangerous and hungry to prove himself.

Theo still has to show that he can score regularly, get more in the big games and importantly stay fit.

But with a lack of options and Giroud out of form, the time is now for Theo Walcott to prove once and for all that he can be a top Premier League striker!

What better way to show your intent than by grabbing the winner against your local rivals?

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