Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright argues the club clearly miss Theo Walcott and are struggling without him.
Arsenal's home fixtures against the 'big sides' tell an all too familiar story.
- vs Chelsea (0-0)
- vs Borussia Dortmund (0-1)
- vs Manchester United (0-0)
- vs Tottenham (1-0)
The only big game exceptions in which they have scored more than one goal is the 2-0 victories over Napoli and Liverpool, back in the Autumn.
With huge games at The Emirates against Liverpool, Bayern Munich and Manchester City still to come, it's essential the Gunners replicate that form, and start opening teams up.
Against United last night they rarely looked like doing so, and former Arsenal striker Ian Wright believes it's down to one man, or the lack there-of.
With no theo we just can't get behind teams!!! Frustrating to watch. :-(.— Ian Wright MBE (@IanWright0) February 13, 2014
Walcott is out for the rest of the season with a cruciate knee ligament injury, and despite having two replacements who can fill the void in a similar type of way in Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Serge Gnabry, neither were selected last night.
Walcott's pace brings another dimension to Arsenal's attack, and the one thing even the very best defenders struggle to handle is speed.
The Englishman also has an increasingly good record of scoring in the 'big' games, and a failure to bring in an attacking option in the transfer window could yet come back to haunt Arsene Wenger.