Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown has urged Arsene Wenger to start with Theo Walcott spearheading the attack against Chelsea instead of Olivier Giroud, according to the Metro.
“Arsenal are at their best when they pass it through the compartments. When they get Ozil and Sanchez in a central position they are able to play good quality balls on the deck for Theo’s pace,” he said.
The tough-tackling centre-back believes that the Frenchman’s recent difficult patch in front of goal led to his sending off in the Champions League clash with Dinamo Zagreb, and thus, it would be a major gamble to select him for a game as important as the one against Jose Mourinho’s side (via Metro).
“Giroud is having a loss of form – all players dip in and out. When things aren’t going your way, you can become moody and react to things when life’s not so pleasant,” he added.
“That seriously impacted on his sending off. He had a bit of a pop at the referee, which is uncharacteristic for him,” Keown insisted.
Between the pair, it is certainly Walcott that is carrying more form going into the game at Stamford Bridge. While they both scored in their last league clash with Stoke City, the former Southampton man also bagged a brace on international duty – although, against San Marino – and scored a consolation in Croatia against Zagreb.
And with the Blues’ back four not being blessed with an abundance of pace, it may be Walcott’s ability to get away from the likes of John Terry and Gary Cahill that decides the game.