Theo Walcott believes that if we can prevent injuries from occurring next season, we will win the Premier League.
In a recent interview with the Chinese media, the forward spoke about Arsenal’s form this season, implying that our league position at the moment is somewhat unexpected, even for him.
He said, “There’s a lot of competition for places so everyone seems to lift a gear and play extremely well. It makes it a bit more difficult for people to get into the team. I think, especially this season, not many people thought we’d be second and challenging for the Premier League.”
What is clear is how competitive getting into the first team now is and how it’s difficult for some to get playing time. This seems to be something Walcott put quite a bit of emphasis on.
The 26-year-old also acknowledged how strong our squad currently is, mentioning, “In this calendar year, we’ve been the best team in Europe. It’s the strongest the squad has been and everyone is staying fit as well. There aren’t many injuries in the squad, which is important.” He adds, “If we had an injury-free season, I think we could lift the title.”
Hopefully, the forward recognises his value in the team as a squad player and is willing to fight for a position, rather than just jump ship as many reports are saying. Part of maintaining a strong squad is keeping players together and keeping them hungry to break into that starting 11.
If every player leaves because they’re not playing every match, we’re back to square one.