Facing the media on Tuesday, Luis Enrique looked ahead to Wednesday night’s Champions League second leg between Arsenal and Barcelona, highlighting which Gunners his side had to be wary of.
Arsenal may be heading to Camp Nou in poor form, but it doesn’t mean the players aren’t capable of something special on their day. Going into the game as enormous favourites and with a 2-0 lead, Enrique is leaving nothing to chance.
The Barcelona head coach has made it perfectly clear that he has plans for Mesut Özil, Alexis Sánchez and…Theo Walcott.
Luis Enrique: “We defend against quality players like Özil, Walcott or Alexis with individual marking and covers from other players.”
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That’s right, Walcott was mentioned in the same bracket as the other two players there.
There are doubts whether or not Theo will even start but, given his incerdible pace and strong finshing ability, Barcelona are clearly scared of him. He has caused the Spanish superclub huge issues in the past and they know what he’s capable of.
IWenger may be tempted to start him as a result, but he could also be reluctant to play Theo thanks to his recent form and the fact Barcelona have a plan for him already.
We’ll find out the team news at 18:45 on Wednesday, but Wenger has to decide whether or not to play Walcott in the next day or so. Is he worth it?