Wenger finally getting the best out of Arsenal duo Rosicky & Walcott
Sharethematch.com takes a look at the recent transformation of Arsenal duo Tomas Rosicky and Theo Walcott
Theo Walcott’s sudden but welcome transformation
We’ve had flashes of brilliance previously – a stunning Champions League assist against Liverpool at Anfield in 2008, a hat-trick for England against Croatia, plus the sporadic goal for Arsenal.
But never before have we seen Theo Walcott effectively injury-free, a guaranteed starter in the Arsenal first-team and also regularly putting in performances.
After a promising but unspectacular start to the season Walcott, went off the boil in December, January and February, culminating in some appalling performances during defeats against AC Milan and Swansea City.
He was rightly booed during the first 30 minutes of the 5-2 win over Tottenham Hotspur earlier this month but since his two-goal showing in the second-half he has been brilliant.
He was the star of the show against Newcastle United in midweek; he was fantastic against Milan and Liverpool, while suddenly he seems capable of picking a cross and even scoring a goal.
Walcott has been around for so long it’s sometimes easy to forget that he’s still just 22.
Maybe something has suddenly clicked in Walcott’s head – Arsene Wenger must keep the English winger and Robin Van Persie together because they suddenly look a real handful.
Tomas Rosicky thriving in preferred central role
Tomas Rosicky’s Lazarus-like recovery in recent weeks shouldn’t really surprise anyone, and if one person is to blame for his poor form over the last five years then look no further than Arsenal manager Wenger.
Of course injuries have played a very serious role in hampering his progress at the Gunners but who can forget the ‘Little Mozart’s’ performances in the 2006 World Cup before joining up with his new team-mates.
Rosicky ran the show for the Czech Republic and looked for all the world like a brilliant piece of business by Wenger, yet again.
But where was Rosicky impressing for his country? In the hole, acting as the team’s playmaker, a role that he had occupied to such great effect with Borussia Dortmund.
But at Arsenal it didn’t take long before Rosicky found himself shunted out onto the wing and the subsequent lapses in form and fitness began.
It wouldn’t be a surprise if motivation was a key source of his disappointing time at Arsenal but now he appears back to his best and where’s he playing? That’s right, in the hole behind the striker just pulling the strings.
It’s actually a remarkably similar story to Andrei Arshavin and his arrival at Arsenal, marginalised out on the wing after running the show for Zenit and Russia.
It’s surprising that it has Wenger so long to put Rosicky back in his rightful place and it’s good to see the little genius back on form.