Arsenal forward Theo Walcott believes the Arsenal forward line could turn out to be the best in the club’s history – but they must prove exactly how good they are by winning plenty of silverware.
The Arsenal and England international star Theo Walcott is finally back in the match day squad after a year on the sidelines with the anterior cruciate ligament injury he picked up in the FA cup win over the spuds last January. So he’s understandably keen to get on to the pitch and start to score goals for the Gunners again.
The 25-year-old, who missed the vast majority of 2014 through injury, believes the current crop – which includes Alexis Sanchez, Olivier Giroud, Santi Cazorla and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – can top that of the Invincibles’ line-up which included most notably Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp.
Walcott told Arsenal player:
”When I came here, it was Robert Pires and Freddie Ljungberg, Bergkamp, Thierry and Jose Reyes – that’s some attacking force as well.”
”I think this squad probably does beat it, BUT WE NEED TO PROVE IT FIRST.
I had to put that in caps cos that’s a very important fact of this whole statement. Yes, on paper they look a great bunch but there is a lot of proving to be done. Good one Theo!
”When we go and achieve a little bit more than winning the FA Cup, then I think we can stand up and say this is the best attacking line up we’ve ever had.”
Theo said, “It is a great balance and once I am fully fit, I think it is going to be some force for the Premier League to handle.”
“Danny is a workaholic as well – he runs around and really works for the team. There are so many options and Alex [Oxlade-Chamberlain] is also doing very well.
“Obviously there is me as well coming back, and then you have the likes of Aaron and Jack in midfield. The list goes on, that’s how good we are going forward. It is a headache for the manager when you have that many great attacking options”.
That really is a bold statement from Walcott, but is he correct? As he says, they need to prove it first and so far we have not had them all fit at the same time to show us how potent they can be. With a bit of luck, though, we may see that attack in full flow during the rest of this season.
Walcott has also lavished praise on Arsenal’s star performer so far this term, that being Chilean forward Sanchez
‘You see somebody working so hard and it makes you want to try to back him up.
‘When you see what he does off the pitch, behind the scenes at the training ground, and how much work he puts in, all the players just stand up and think: Yeah, I need to do a bit more as well then.’
When Walcott says ever, I guess he means Arsenal under Wenger as that covers as long as he can remember. #JustSaying
Will Theo be proved right? If not, which attacking line-up was Arsenal’s best ever?
You can read more about Theo’s comments and how the media turned it on its head here on Daniel Cowan’s blog.