Theo Walcott injury has cost Arsenal in title race, says Gerard Houllier

Gerard Houllier believes that Arsenal's title bid has unravelled due to injuries to key players

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
theo walcott
Theo Walcott has been ruled out for the season Photo: Nike

Gerard Houllier believes that Arsenal’s title bid has unravelled due to injuries to key players – and mainly Theo Walcott.

The Gunners led the way at the top of the Premier League for much of the early stages of the season but a run of just one win in their last five games has seen the north Londoners drop to fourth.

At this moment the big loss for them was Theo Walcott

Theo Walcott

And former Liverpool boss Houllier believes that Walcott’s season-ending knee injury, as well as long spells on the sidelines for Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere and Mesut Ozil, have caused the Arsenal’s title hopes to fade.

“They lost some key players [that’s why]. Suppose Steven Gerrard, maybe [Luis] Suarez and another defender were out against Tottenham, it could have been a different game,” Houllier told talkSPORT.

“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].”

MORE:

MORE: The latest football transfer news

MORE: Meet the Premier League's most stylish footballers

MORE: Do you know the top Muslim footballers in the Premier League?

MORE: Man United latest news

MORE: Arsenal latest news

MORE: Chelsea latest news

MORE: Liverpool latest news

Rotterdam Open
The Sport Review
Roger Federer sweeps past Grigor Dimitrov for 97th title in Rotterdam: ‘It’s great to win this way!’
The Sport Review
Top 50 most stylish footballers in the world in 2017: Arsenal, Man United, Chelsea, Liverpool stars feature
The Sport Review
Top 40 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Man United stars feature
The Sport Review
Top 25 footballers’ cars: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Real Madrid players feature
The Sport Review
Top 20 Nigerian footballers in Premier League: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool stars feature
The Sport Review
Arsenal player wages 2017: Do you know how much Xhaka, Ozil and Coquelin earn each week?
The Sport Review
Eden Hazard delivers clear update on his Chelsea FC future
The Sport Review
Steven Gerrard reacts to Chelsea FC’s 1-1 draw with Barcelona
The Sport Review
Pat Nevin: What Paul Pogba needs to prove to Man United supporters