Theo Walcott excited about injection of pace at Arsenal

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Theo Walcott is excited about the new attacking line-up at Arsenal and think the Gunners may have the quickest leading line in the Premier League, which is only going to be a good thing.

Speaking in an interview with The Mirror, Walcott revealed his belief that the additions of Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck this summer will make the Emirates Stadium club a far more potent attacking force, due in part to the pace they possess.

The England forward is back in training after recovering from a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament in January and is looking forward to playing alongside the new additions.

Vast attacking riches

Arsene Wenger now has a number of options in attack and Walcott is confident the Arsenal manager can deploy them effectively to build on the success of winning their first trophy in nine years last season.

“I hope we’ll have the fastest forward line in the Premier League. It’s exciting times,” he said.

“What we can do is build on from the FA Cup and attract these great players to the club. It will hopefully put Arsenal where we should be – winning trophies.

“These players are very, very fast. They will fit the bill perfectly. Alexis has settled in very quickly, Danny is a good guy, I have worked with him with England. Danny is a hard worker. He always puts his heart on the line.”

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Differing judgements

Sanchez’s arrival from Barcelona in a £30million deal soon after the World Cup in Brazil was generally agreed to be a terrific transfer for the Gunners, but the same could not be said for Welbeck’s £16million switch from Manchester United.

More than a few Arsenal fans suggested the England international was not up to the standard required of the centre-forward that was desperately needed once it was confirmed that Olivier Giroud had broken his leg against Everton and would be out until 2015.

However, the Old Trafford academy graduate bagged a double for the Three Lions in an impressive win for them away in Switzerland on Monday night, and Walcott saw signs that his international teammate is starting to show the kind of attitude that could make him a huge success at Emirates Stadium.

Ready to shut up critics

“At times, I thought he needed to be a bit more selfish so I was very happy on Monday night,” added the 25-year-old.

“It’s the one thing he has changed and he will get more goals now unless he sees me in a good position, of course!”

Welbeck is expected to be given his debut by Wenger for the visit of Premier League champions Manchester City on Saturday in an early kick-off at Emirates Stadium and is likely to be given an opportunity to play through the middle.

Young forward Yaya Sanogo had been filling in as the physical presence up front in Giroud’s absence, but the 1-1 draw away at Leicester City gave further evidence to strengthen the claim that the France Under-21 international is just not ready to lead the line – a view shared by a significant number of followers.

Walcott recovery plans

One person who will definitely not be present for the City clash will be Walcott, as the speedy forward has only just returned to full training and is not expected to be ready for action for another couple of weeks.

Reports at the weekend had suggested he could return for the visit of local rivals Tottenham Hotspur, against whom he suffered the injury, but he denied that was the case and insisted he would not be putting a specific date on any return.

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