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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Arsenal Winger Theo Walcott: ‘Other Teams Will Scare Us Now’

Arsenal pulled off one of the most memorable win in Istanbul on Tuesday night after beating Fenerbahce 5-2 in a Champions League clash, handing the Turkish champions their first home defeat in 16 months. After Arsenal’s imperious form at home, Arsenal winger Theo Walcott thinks that other teams will fear Arsenal from now. Walcott himself also scored the second of the five goals. Seeing a young side of Arsenal, where average age of the players is 22, thrashing Fenerbahce on the road, Walcott believes, other teams will now be scared to play against Arsenal. He also feels that Arsenal wants to give out this impression to the other teams and he is now hopeful that the Gunners will keep performing like that.

Arsenal was missing a number of first team players through injury for the trip to Istanbul. Specially, their defense line up was mostly affected by injury with Captain William Gallas, Kolo Toure and Bacary Sagna, all of whom are regular in the Arsenal’s first team line up, were ruled out of the match against Fenerbahce. However, the young players played excellently well which must have made Arsene Wenger and the fans happy.

However, the most important thing is that Arsenal must show consistency if they really want to end their wait for silverware this season. It is definitely an inspirational victory, considering Fenerbahce’s formidable home record. However, Arsenal got big margin victories number of times this season, but sometimes they lost their momentum and suffered two defeats already in the premier league. Alike Wenger, I also think that Arsenal can not afford to make many errors in the course of the season, if they really want to put an end to their trophy drought this season. However, I have to admit that it was a pleasant experience to see Arsenal playing at the top of their level and outclassing the opposition in almost every position on the field. I hope Arsenal will continue it and will not make as many mistakes as it would drop them from the title race.

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