Time to take charge, Theo

Theo Walcott can inspire the Arsenal to a vital victory against Wolves in the Premier League today and prove he can be so much more than a super sub. Jet-heeled Walcott came off the bench to score and ignite the comeback in the 2-2 draw at home to Barcelona on Wednesday night in the first leg Champions League tie, setting up a mouth-watering clash in the Nou Camp on Tuesday.
But some doubters reckon he can’t seem to influence games when he starts as much as he can as an impact sub. An example of this was last week against Birmingham when he was on from the kick-off yet struggled to impose his undoubted ability on the game and was withdraw in the second half. If ever there was a timely opportunity to quieten his critics and give us a boost it is today against an in-form Mick McCarthy’s side.
We all know Theo has it in him and it is just a case of getting it out of him more often. The stage is set for him against Wolves but they will be n pushovers. They have had a superb run of results and when I interviewed their keeper, Marcus Hannehman, in the week he said the Molineux squad was full of confidence and that he hoped to keep a clean sheet.
Kevin Doyle is wihout doubt their danger man and Sol Campbell and TV5 will know all about his strengths; great movement and opportunistic instinct. Elsewhere, of course, we have Cesc missing along with Bill Gallas – both out for the season after breaking down in the Barca game.
Will AW rest players ahead of the second leg in Spain? I can’t see that we have anyone left to rest!<

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