Three statistics that prove Theo Walcott has failed at Arsenal

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Theo Walcott has become something of a hate figure amongst Arsenal fans in recent seasons.

Despite signing 10 years ago from Southampton for £12 million and to much fanfare, the England international has progressed - and delivered - very little.

So much so that supporters are demanding he is sold by Arsene Wenger this summer and replaced by someone of Riyad Mahrez or Arda Turan's calibre.


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Against the MLS All-Stars in a pre-season friendly on Friday morning, for example, Walcott was played in his favoured striker role but failed to demonstrate any of the key skills needed to be a goalscorer.

Twice in the first half he was afforded time and space in front of goal but squandered both opportunities.

His woeful display against Didier Drogba and co. was a timely reminder of how he doesn't possess the quality Arsenal require - but it doesn't tell the whole story.

And so, here are three statistics that prove just how much of a disappointment Walcott has been.


Walcott's inconsistency in front of goal is what frustrates fans most.

Clinical one day and wasteful the next, there's always a sense of doubt when the 27-year-old is put through on goal by one of his Arsenal teammates.

His record last season makes for particularly worrying reading: in 28 Premier League appearances, Walcott managed just five goals, most of which came at the beginning of the campaign.

Injuries certainly played a damaging role, but such a minimal return is inexcusable. It's the winger's record in the Premier League and Champions League since 2009 that is most interesting, though.

In 204 appearances, Walcott has found the back of the net on 56 occasions, averaging approximately one goal in every four games.

For a player who claims his best position is upfront, that's poor.


It's all downhill from here.

Throughout his 10-year spell in north London, Walcott has by and large played on the right flank to deliver crosses into the likes of Thierry Henry, Robin van Persie and Olivier Giroud.

And yet, in the same amount of appearances as above, the Englishman has managed a meagre - and rather embarrassing - 36 assists (one in every six games).

What Walcott lacks in the goals department, he also lacks in the build up.

In fact, only once in the last seven Premier League seasons has he managed 10 assists: the 2012/13 term.

Forty-four chances created in the last three campaigns further reinforces the point that Walcott lacks creativity.


Walcott has also come in for criticism over the years for his inability to dribble past opponents.

When one-on-one with a defender, the Englishman often loses possession through a lack of thought and control, much to the frustration of fans.

If evidence was needed of just how poor he is when driving at players with the ball at his feet, here it is: in the last three seasons, Walcott has completed just 42 take-ons, with a success rate of 40%.

To put those statistics into context, Eden Hazard has managed 401 take-ons with a success rate of 63% during the same time.

There is a gulf in class between the two, of course, and Walcott has played considerably less games than his Belgian counterpart, but it really goes to show just how far behind Walcott is.

And just as a little end note, here's how Walcott's statistics last season compare to Leicester City's Mahrez, who has been linked with a move to Arsenal.

Mahrez: 37 appearances, 17 goals, 11 assists, 131 take-ons, 56 key passes.

Walcott: 28 appearances, five goals, two assists, 25 take-ons, 15 key passes.

Says it all really.

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