December 8 2013 Latest news:
By Nick Wright
Monday, September 2, 2013
Theo Walcott is confident that manager Arsene Wenger will spring a few surprises on transfer deadline day following Arsenal’s 1-0 win over Tottenham.
Olivier Giroud’s first half strike gave the Gunners a valuable three points over their north London rivals at the Emirates, but talk immediately turned to transfers, with Real Madrid’s Mesut Ozil strongly linked.
Arsenal are expected to be busy before tonight’s 11pm deadline, and Walcott admits the Gunners’ players can’t wait to see what ends up happening.
“We’re very aware of it all, we’re like everyone else,” he said after the victory against Spurs.
“We don’t really know what’s going on but I’m sure the manager has something up his sleeve and I’m sure something will happen.
“I’ll be glued to the TV. We’ll see what happens. It’s completely out of our hands, but we know the boss will get the right players in.
“It is well documented that the squad is low at the moment but I’m sure when we play like that we can attract a few more players.”
Arsenal have been linked with the likes of Ozil and Angel Di Maria, but Walcott insists he would welcome more competition for places at the club.
“It’s always good to have competition in your position, you always get something out of it,” he said.
“You want that, you want that competition, you want to be against the best players, you want to learn from the best players that come to Arsenal.
“You’re not going to get an average player coming to Arsenal, the boss is going to pick them. “I’m quietly confident that we’ll get a few in, definitely.”
Arsenal’s lack of spending so far this summer has been in stark contrast to Spurs, who have splashed out £100million on a number of new faces, with Gareth Bale moving to Real Madrid in a world record deal.
Walcott believes Arsenal’s team spirit and togetherness served them well in their north London derby win – and says it could take “a few months” for Spurs’ new signings to gel.
“We know the way we play together,” he said. “Everyone knows the positives and everyone knows the way that Arsenal plays football.
“If the boss brings in people he will get the people who play the Arsenal way. We’re a big family we trust each other with the ball, and that’s the key.
“I’m sure Tottenham in a few months time they will get that too. They’ve got some very good players, but they weren’t quite good enough today.”