Messi vs Walcott…

“He’s different [to Messi at that age] and I think he’s more,” said Wenger at Friday’s press conference. “If you have to look for a weakness in Messi you would say it is his ability to run without the ball, behind the defender. “When he takes the ball to his feet he’s like a Ferrari. But Theo is more a guy who has the timing to run off the ball and that is something that is difficult to find. “We had Marc Overmars who was especially good at that and I’m a great, great lover of movement off the ball.” “We play Tuesday again so that would be four games in 10 days,” he said.   “We have done our observation [tests]. They are not linked especially with the  England  matches but we do know how the individual players respond to repetitions of games.   “Before Walcott went away with England I already felt, after the Sunderland game, he looked tired. He’s the kind of player who plays with a lot of energy, every time he goes he goes 100 per cent.”

I think Arsene will potentially rest Theo tomorrow, with Eboue coming in at right wing and Djourou covering at right back. I’d expect Song to come in for Gallas too. Theo’s been a brilliant impact sub and with Fenerbache midweek, we’d need Theo at his best… Til tomorrow.