Walcott return will be a huge boost for Arsenal; Chelsea are a cup team

Stephen Pickering gives his opinion on the top news stories of the day. Arsenal and Chelsea feature.

Theo Walcott was left on the bench in Arsenal's disappointing loss yesterday and despite the fans' worries about the player not being given a chance, I feel that they should take a relaxed view on the matter.

Walcott was a breath of fresh-air for Arsenal last season and despite struggling with fitness this term, I believe he can pick up where he left off.

14 goals and 10 assists from his 24(8) Premier League games made him England's most productive player, and with the World Cup around the corner, the 24-year-old won't want to let that opportunity slip through his fingers. Especially now, as there is strong competition for his place in the England XI.

The more and more game time the player gets, the more benefits Arsenal will see. And with him not playing last night, I'm sure that he will start against Manchester City on Saturday.


Chelsea's 1-0 win over Steaua Bucuresti and qualifying from their group with ease has seen them labelled as a 'cup team'. Now, I am not one for labeling clubs but in this instance, I can understand the reasons behind the 'cup team' label.

The instability at Chelsea since Mourinho first left as manager has been far from acceptable. With five managers down and a full circle completed, the team is now completely made up from parts of different ideas, which I believe is the main cause of frustration for Jose

The players in the squad are brilliant, in fact you would be pushed to find so many talented players in one club anywhere in the world, however, the whole set-up looks inbalanced. It's going to take time for Jose to mould the team into his own reflection, in the way he wants them to play.

It won't be overnight and it may take a while before Chelsea can handle the long hard-slog of a league campaign to the standards they used to. This time they do have the right man in charge, so now it's all about patience and allowing the pieces to come together. There will no-doubt be frustrations along the way, but with time it will come.

In the mean-time Chelsea may be better pressed carrying on their impressive cup form, because on their day they're a team to be feared.

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