Arsenal have suffered heavy defeats to all three of their title-chasing rivals. They were Hammered 6-3 at Man City, 5-1 at Liverpool and 6-0 at Chelsea. But have kept 13 clean sheets in their 33 Premier League games so far.
Arsenal forward Theo Walcott, who is currently nursing a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament injury that will prohibit him from playing for England in the 2014 World Cup says Arsenal assistant manager Steve Bould can take much of the credit for the club’s shut-out record according to skysports.
He told skysport…
“We still like to be positive but you want to be winning games 1-0 and digging out results and Bouldy [Steve Bould] has been working on the defence a lot,” said the 25-year-old.
“He’s not just been with the back four and the goalkeeper, though, but the whole squad, as if one member of the unit is not working well it can mess up the whole team”.
“We have learnt to press as a team and not commit too many bodies forward and that has meant we haven’t conceded many goals”.
“But our centre-backs, Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker, have been fantastic and so solid for us, and so has Thomas Vermaelen whenever he has come in.”
The Arsenal Midfielder has yet to feature in a world cup match, after missing out on the 2006 and 2010 edition of the competition due to failure in earning a starting place in the former under Sven-Goran Eriksson as he was just 17-years-old and then in the later not being picked by Fabio Capello for the competition.
The winger will have to watch the summer showdown again this year but hopes his former Southampton team-mate Adam Lallana figures in England’s starting line-up in Brazil.
“Adam has gone from strength to strength,” added Walcott, who made 21 League appearances for the South Coast outfit”.
“When Southampton went into the lower leagues, I’m sure a lot of clubs would have wanted to grab him, but he made a great decision to stay and has helped the club blossom”.
“I would like to see him in England’s side as with his left and right foot he has showed quality and has worked on his pace – which he didn’t have when I was there! – and he is a great lad, too.”
“He could also be the next Matt Le Tissier at his club.”
Walcott also discussed many other subjects in the Goals on Sunday studio when he dropped by for a chat with Ben Shephard and Chris Kamara, including:
” It was difficult to take the news at the start and it hit me quite hard but I couldn’t do anything other than get on with it because life’s too short, and the knee is coming along really well now. It is a long, tedious, six-nine month treatment that I’ve got to come through but I’m three months in now and taking it week by week because I don’t like putting monthly targets on it. I am, though, hopeful of being involved in pre-season and as I am still young, I know my time will come in a World Cup.”
His move to Arsenal…
“He has made players you’ve never heard of into massive stars and when you think of Arsenal, you think of him.”
Theo on Arsene Wenger…
“I knew Arsene Wenger developed young talents and gave them opportunities to show what they can do, and while I didn’t really play for the first seven months, I got great experience learning from people like Sol Campbell – who put me up in the air in my first training session and said ‘Welcome to Arsenal – and Dennis Bergkamp. But Thierry [Henry] was my idol and he looked after me, showed me support, worked with me in training on finishing and I will never forget that“