Theo Walcott has spoken before the Chelsea match on Saturday and urged his teammates to get the basics right because the rest will follow.
After losing away to Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League on Wednesday, the team are likely to feel dejected and a little cautious going into our Premier League clash against Chelsea.
Cautious is fine, as long as we don’t let it negatively affect our game, we stay switched on at all times and aren’t afraid to get stuck in.
“Chelsea need to react in a good way, so they are going to need to come for us and that could play into our hands maybe,” Theo said.
“Everyone will be fighting for it – we want to have a different result to in previous years there.
“People say [the win in August] was only the Community Shield, but the Community Shield is a competitive match. It’s always nice to win these big games.”
The England international continued, “You remember what you did right and the positives from the game come out from it. We just need to do the basics again – we need to do the right things with everyone on it and [doing] their job defensively as well.
“We know that we can keep clean sheets. That’s important in the Premier League now and you’ve seen it with our record.
“It will be a tight game, I’m sure, but we need to make sure we take our chances. That’s key.”
Walcott has a great record against Chelsea, scoring five goals in 14 appearances against them. The forward also scored our one and only goal in our mid-week tie and therefore, it stands to reason that he could start against the Blues. This doesn’t necessarily mean he’ll replace Olivier Giroud like many think. A lot of people, myself included, prefer him on the wing.
Hopefully his battle cry resonates in the dressing room and our team walk out of that tunnel ready for war on Saturday.