Theo Walcott made an appearance on SkySports' Goals on Sunday as a guest recently, and had his say on a variety of different subjects. When asked about the 2013/14 campaign the Arsenal speedster stated that he felt the Gunners had enjoyed a good season so far, if you take into consideration the amount of injuries that they have had to deal with.
Injuries have derailed Arsenal's strong start to a season that looked so full of promise especially after the arrival of Mesut Ozil, which looked to spark life into an Arsenal team that seemed to be lacking in confidence.
Walcott feels as though Ozil is still adapting to the pace and strength of the English game. Walcott went on to state " you will see the real Mesut Ozil next season".
However the injuries started to pile up just when they needed more players to cope with the demands that come from competing on various different fronts. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Lukas Podolski - who were injured in the earlier parts of the season - have yet to hit good form on a consistent enough basis, and at times have failed to show up when they were called upon, although they have contributed with the one-off good performance.
Walcott himself has spent most of the season on the sidelines. After getting injured early on in the campaign, he made a return to the first-team and had a strong dynamic impact on the team before he was stretchered off in the FA Cup tie against rivals Tottenham.
Despite becoming a key figure in Arsenal's attack in his short time back, he attributes the drop in Arsenal's form to be due to the loss of their talismanic central midfielder Aaron Ramsey.
The England international praised the good performances and hardworking ethic of the Welsh midfielder. Walcott also states that Ramsey's passing, tackling and movement both on and off the ball has been outstanding this season and that it is mainly those qualities on top of the large number of goals scored by him this season that have helped Arsenal to push for an end to their trophy drought.
Walcott has also placed his Arsenal team-mates as being " hot favourites for the F.A. Cup". The competition has placed the Gunners up against mid-table Premier League side Hull City on the 17th of May 2014 at the Wembley Stadium.
The 25-year-old feels that they should treat the FA Cup as a massive game as the club tries to end what could be a 9th season without a single trophy. Above all Walcott emphasizes that they have to do it for the loyal fans as they have been "very patient".
When asked about who would be a good replacement for him in the England line-up Walcott stated that Raheem Sterling would be the ideal replacement for him. Walcott points to the fact that Sterling has become stronger this season in comparison to the last and that he has also provided his team with more assists this season as well.
Walcott also feels that the fact that Sterling tracks back instead of shirking his defensive responsibilities would be vital to the hopes of the England national team as they try to push for the top spot in Brazil this year.
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