It’s not that often two star players share five goals between them in a thumping FA Cup victory and then face being relegated to the bench.
But that is seemingly the case for hat-trick hero Theo Walcott and double-strike ace Danny Welbeck after Arsenal’s 5-0 hammering of Southampton at the weekend.
For both England attackers may miss out on starts against Watford when the north London side are next in action tomorrow (Tuesday) night in a crucial Premier League clash.
The in-form Gunners thumped their south coast hosts in the fourth round of the FA Cup earning them a prized place in the hat when the draw for the fifth round takes place tonight.
Manager Arsene Wenger made a raft of changes to his line-up with top players such as Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud not involved — although there was some second-half game time for substitute Alexis Sanchez.
But his side, made up with a mixture of youth and experience, were rampant against a weakened Saints team at St Mary’s Stadium — just days after Claude Puel’s men won at Liverpool to secure a place in the EFL Cup next month against Manchester United at Wembley.
Welbeck, who has been sidelined for a long period through a knee injury, grabbed the first two goals before Walcott got in on the act to snatch a treble and go home with the match ball.
“Welbeck is very sharp but still not out of it completely so we still need to be careful with him. We still have to manage the times we use him and rest him in the next months. To come out of what he has been through you need to be mentally strong. I think he is a bit short to play every three days but the quality of the performance is there.”