Former Liverpool manager, Gerard Houllier has told Talksport Radio in an interview that Arsenal’s season fell apart due to injuries to key players; with Walcott’s injury the worst to affect the team.
The Gunners have over the last few months lost several key players to serious injuries, with Theo Walcott ruled out for the rest of the season. Though, some key players have been pencilled down to return before the season ends; the sad news is that it might be too late as Arsenal would possibly have been ruled out of the title race already by then.
This would probably go down in history as one of the worst seasons of the Gunners in terms of injuries; and one can only wonder what might have been if not for all these problems. At the last count, the team is already without Jack Wilshere, Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey, Laurent Koscielny, and long-term absentee who is set to resume training this week, Abou Diaby.
“At this moment the big loss for them was Theo Walcott. Theo was giving them some depth and some speed up front and once they lost him the results suffered.
“Particularly in big games he’s a threat and he can make goals and score goals. He had improved a lot so it’s a shame he’s not playing at the moment.
“They lost Theo, Wilshere and Ramsey, who had a terrific start to the season. It is too many key players plus the fact they look a bit more tired than the others [hasn’t helped],” Houllier told Talksport.
Arsenal’s Theo Walcott sustained his current injury in an FA Cup match played against Tottenham in January at the Emirates, and was subsequently ruled out for the rest of the season. The player, who until then was giving the Gunners the much needed speed and width, saw his dream of going to the World Cup this year gone.
The goals have also dried up since the injury, as Arsenal have had to struggle to beat with getting the ball upfront when on the counter.
The former Aston Villa man couldn’t have said it better than he already did. It is definitely not a coincidence that the form of record signing Mesut Ozil and Olivier Giroud dropped as soon as Walcott got injured.