This threatens to be an exciting second half of the season for Arsenal in an attacking sense, which is just as well as only five teams have kept fewer Premier League clean sheets than the Gunners through the opening 20 games of the campaign.
Theo Walcott made his first start in a year in the FA Cup win over Hull and Mesut Ozil is also due to return soon. It’s amazing that this pair have still only lined up five times alongside each other for Arsenal.
Add these two to Alexis Sanchez, Danny Welbeck, Olivier Giroud and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Arsene Wenger has a frontline with pace, creativity and, most importantly, fluidity.
Ozil should relish his role as chief string puller and as Giroud and Sanchez draw players up the pitch, the space will open for the German playmaker to pass accurate through balls in behind.
And who better to run onto these passes than Walcott, whose return to action makes 5/2 a great price on Arsenal winning the Premier League in the market without Chelsea and Manchester City.
There is nobody better in the Premier League at running between full-back and centre-half from the wide areas than the 25-year-old and Arsenal’s new attacking dimension will only play to his strengths further.
The big thing for Arsenal is that they will need someone to step up in the second half of the campaign, if recent seasons are anything to go by.
In 2012/13, Walcott himself had scored 14 goals by New Year’s Day, but only added another three after January.
Last season it was Aaron Ramsey who flew out of the blocks with 13 goals by the end of November in all competitions for the Gunners. Yet he only scored three times more.
This time it is Sanchez that has blazed the trail with 15 goals by the turn of the year and he has already helped himself to another since in the FA Cup.
However, history suggests the Chilean’s goals will dry up, leaving Walcott as the most likely to pick up the slack.
In 13 appearances last season, the forward scored five times and assisted a further four goals, while in 2012/13, he netted 14 in the league and created another 10 from 32 appearances.
Walcott would need to score or assist 13 goals in the final 18 matches of the season to maintain his rate of the last two campaigns and should he do this, the Gunners have to be fancied to make the top four at worst.