Arsene Wenger has made it clear he does not have a starting lineup in mind for the FA Cup final against Aston Villa, which means Theo Walcott may not be in the starting XI.
Despite Walcott’s hat-trick in the the final game of the season against West Brom, as well as winning Man of the Match, Wenger denies having the starting lineup completed for Saturday.
“I don’t know who will start yet and it’s not important because it’s just on the day in the FA Cup final,” Wenger said, reports the Daily Mail. “What is important is that you bring the trophy back. It’s always a concern for the whole squad.”
Wenger also said that the FA Cup Final needs to be addressed as a whole team effort, rather than just a few individuals, but did comment directly on Walcott’s possibilities of starting and playing in the big match.
“Theo has shown that he is back in good form but that’s normal. I said that before last week’s game,” Wenger said. “What is important is that we do not make too many individual cases before the cup final.”
It’s hard to believe that Wenger would not start Walcott, especially after his near perfect performance last weekend. Look for him to start on the wing, rather than up front. And if he doesn’t start, you know Arsenal fans will be outraged, especially if the Gunners lose.