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Theo Walcott: Undervalued or overrated?

Walcott has impressed this season but still generates criticism. (©GettyImages)
Walcott has impressed this season but still generates criticism. (©GettyImages).

 The 2012/13 season has been the best yet for Theo Walcott scoring 20 goals and providing 11 assists putting him top of Arsenal's goal contribution table with a combined total of 31.

The majority of those goals and assists came during the contract saga earlier in the season. Now we are coming towards the summer transfer window where does Theo rank amongst the best and most important players at Arsenal. 

Despite being his best season, a large section of fans are yet to be convinced by the Englishman. A continuous criticism being his only asset is his lightning quick pace and that he lacks the footballing brain to use that strength to full effect.

There have been many an occasion when Arsenal have been on the counter attack and Theo has made a run into a position that completely nullifies the threat his speed poses, much to the frustration of the Gooner faithful.

The contract saga appeared to be more about Arsenal signalling their intent to halt the recent loss of their better-known players, than it was about Walcott's importance to the team and to the fans. During negotiations one of the main sticking points appeared to be his wish to feature in a more central role.

 A couple of good/average performances in the central attacking position have left Arsene Wenger unconvinced that he is capable of doing a better job than the woefully out of form Lukas Podolski.

The problem appearing to be that his pace isn't best utilized in the system Arsenal choose to use. Dominating possession and pinning the opposition into their own half is the preferred method chosen by Arsene Wenger and this system is useless for a striker who lacks the technical ability and strength to hold the ball up and trouble opposition defenders. 

Walcott still seems at his most effective coming on from the bench against tiring defenders, the match against Norwich at home is a good example of this.

 Olivier Giroud has been the main striker throughout the season and you could argue he's done a pretty good job, for his first season in English football scoring 17 goals in total.

Santi Cazorla is a fan favourite, providing moments of pure genius and skill leading to some questioning his absence in the PFA Team of the Year. Jack Wilshere is the main man at the club offering Spanish-like technicality with the heart and desire of an English midfielder. 

So where does Walcott rank among the favourites at Arsenal? And do you think he's overrated? Leave your thoughts below.


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