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Arsenal striker Theo Walcott: More than just a sprinter

Walcott has scored 18 goals this season (©GettyImages)
Walcott has scored 18 goals this season (©GettyImages).

Ever since former-England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson named the relatively unknown 17-year-old in his 2006 World Cup squad, Theo Walcott has turned heads with his blistering pace. 

The Gunners star reportedly slashed Thierry Henry’s 40m-sprint club record and recorded a stunning 10.6 seconds in the 100m.

But in the past, the lightning quick-forward has frustrated fans with his poor finishing and delivery from the flanks, subsequently drawing heavy criticism. 

Although, the past two or three seasons suggest that the Arsenal man is at last fulfilling the obvious potential that attracted Arsène Wenger back in January 2006.

Despite the Gunners appearing set to end another season empty-handed, they can take at least one positive from this campaign. After losing the likes of Cesc Fabregas, Robin van Persie, Gael Clichy and Alex Song in recent transfer windows, Arsenal have finally managed to hold on to one of their prized assets in Theo Walcott.

The baby-faced 23-year-old has rewarded Wenger for splashing a new £100,000-a-week contract and sparkled among an otherwise poor Arsenal side this term.

The England international has been arguably Arsenal’s best player in the 2012/13 season. Walcott has notched 11 goals and nine assists in 24 Premier League appearances so far, making him joint top scorer with Santi Cazorla and joint-top of the assist charts with Lukas Podolski.

The Gunners' speedster appears to have finally proved the doubters wrong and added guile and a clinical edge to his previously one-dimensional game. If he can consistently produce the kind of form he has this season, Walcott could well become the new star man at Emirates Stadium.

What are your thoughts on Theo Walcott? Is he good enough to spearhead the Arsenal attack and end their eight-year trophy drought next season?

Leave your opinion in the comments below!

 

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