How do you sum up Arsenal’s season?
For the majority of the Premier League campaign, they looked on course to break their 12-year drought for a league title.
But a run of four wins in 15 matches saw them crash out of the Champions League to Barcelona, humbled at home to Watford in the FA Cup and fall 11 points behind Leicester in the title race.
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How can a team that looked so irresistible earlier in the season appear totally bereft of confidence a few months later?
They appeared to be destined for glory but look to have fallen embarrassingly short.
Martin Keown believes that there is one Arsenal player that sums up the Gunners’ frustrating season.
A player who, himself, had the chance to be extremely successful but has succumbed to averageness.
Of course, Keown is talking about Theo Walcott.
"To me, Walcott underlines Arsenal’s season more than any other player – inconsistent,” he told the Daily Mail.
"Has he missed a massive opportunity to cement his place in that team? He has had to stay very strong mentally as he has done in battling injuries throughout his career,” he added.
Walcott has been at the Emirates for 10 years now and is still struggling to hold down a regular first-team position. Manager Arsene Wenger appears to still be undecided as to the 27-year-old’s natural position with the former Southampton man playing as both a striker and a winger during his time at the club.
But, Keown believes that Walcott will remain at Arsenal as long as Wenger is in charge.
"He’s been at the club for 10 years now and I think he’s at a crossroads, but Arsene Wenger certainly believes in him. While Wenger is at the club, Walcott will be there. The manager has fought to hold on to him with big contracts and shown a lot of loyalty to him," he said.
"What will trouble Walcott the most is that he still hasn’t nailed down a regular starting place in the squad. I personally would be struggling to keep a lid on my frustration if I were in his position, and it’s to his credit that he is remaining professional," he concluded.
Walcott has started just 15 league matches this season and the Premier League now poses as Arsenal's only opportunity for silverware this campaign.
Just two FA Cup wins is all Walcott can look back at during his 11-year career, being unable to realise the promising potential he showed when he made his debut for Southampton as a 16-year-old.