Martin Keown explains why Theo Walcott should start against Chelsea

Theo Walcott

Arsenal will face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League on Saturday.

Martin Keown has told The Daily Mail that Theo Walcott should start for Arsenal against Chelsea in the Premier League clash between the two sides at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

“Theo Walcott should start at the moment,” the former Arsenal star wrote on The Daily Mail in response to a question from a fan regarding should start between Walcott and Olivier Giroud.

“Arsenal are at their best when they pass it through the compartments. When they get Ozil and Sanchez in a central position they are able to play good quality balls on the deck for Theo’s pace. There isn’t a defender on the planet who is going to catch him.”

Walcott is in good form at the moment and has scored in Arsenal’s last two competitive matches.

The 26-year-old forward was on target for the Gunners against Stoke City at the Emirates Stadium in the Premier League last weekend.

The England international found the target against Dinamo Zagreb away from home in the Champions League Group F on Wednesday.

France international Olivier Giroud is Arsenal’s first-choice centre-forward, but he is not in great form at the moment.

Playing Walcott as the striker up front against Chelsea is going to add pace to the Gunners’ attack, and it is also going to keep the Blues’ defenders on their toes throughout the 90 minutes.

Doubts remain on the former Southampton star’s ability to play well week in and week out as Arsenal’s centre-forward, but at the moment he is the better option.

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