Theo Walcott on a very disappointing week and our poor home form
Written by Renzo on November 26, 2010 22:00
Arsenal striker Theo Walcott has no logical explanation as to why the Gunners struggle so much to win matches at the Emirates as he hopes for a win tomorrow against Aston Villa.
Speaking to Arsenal TV Online, the Englishman confessed how losing against Tottenham Hotspur and Braga in less than five days was very disappointing and how it is worrying how this is something which is happening quite often lately for the Gunners.
On last Tuesday’s game against Braga in the Champions League, the 21-year added how the home side were very intelligent with their tactics – unlike the game at the Emirates – as they sit back and waited for their chance with well-time counter attacks.
Asked about the reason why Arsenal are doing so well away from home in the Premier League but not at the Emirates, Walcott said how he really doesn’t know what the problem could be, saying how it is probably down to the fact that teams go at the Emirates with one objective: putting eleven men behind the ball.
Ahead of tomorrow’s game, Walcott said:
[It was a] very disappointing week, we don’t go out wanting to lose matches.
When you’re 2-0 up at home with your home support against Tottenham, [losing] shouldn’t happen. As players we take responsibility for that but it’s happening quite often now, we need to get out of our system completely.
Hopefully we can put it right on Saturday against Villa.
We had moments against [Braga] but sometimes it gets very difficult to break teams down. They didn’t get out all guns blazing like they did at home, they didn’t want to have six goals scored again so they were just defending and catching us on the counter, which worked for them.
But it’s disappointing, we wanted to qualify on the night but now we have to win our next game at home.
I really don’t know [why the away form is so different from the home form], that’s a tough question to answer.
We seem to get that early goal and they come out a bit more and that’s when they create more spaces in the team.
[But] when teams come at the Emirates they put eleven men behind the ball and people don’t realise – as a team – that it’s very difficult to break teams down when they do that.
But when you get that early goal it starts opening up.