With Arsenal behind on Sunday afternoon, manager Arsène Wenger turned to Theo Walcott for an equaliser.
The striker, who had only netted three Premier League goals all season, delivered with about 20 minutes remaining, latching onto a superb Olivier Giroud header to slot the ball beyond Kasper Schmeichel.
Then, with the Gunners chasing a late winner against a tired and depleted Leicester City side, Arsène Wenger threw on Danny Welbeck for his first appearance since last April. The England international delivered, delicately glancing a Mesut Özil free-kick into the far corner in the dying moments.
Turning the game with his changes, the manager deserves a lot of credit, though he was quick to give his players all the praise.
“That shows you, at that level, the bench plays a big part. When you dominate the games, you can bring on strikers like Walcott or Welbeck, it changes completely your opportunities,” Wenger told the media in his post-match press conference.
The boss has had to call upon Alex Iwobi and Kieran Gibbs as wide alternatives in recent weeks, with Welbeck, Alexis Sánchez and Theo Walcott all injured at various times. Those setbacks were compounded by the poor form of Alex Oxalde-Chamberlain and Joel Campbell, but the Gunners have a huge chance of competing on more than one front again with players available once more.
“As long as we rotate well, and everybody comes on with that spirit, it makes a difference.”
It made a huge difference on Sunday, now let’s keep everyone fit between now and May to give ourselves a real shot at the title.