Theo Walcott produced a sublime touch during Arsenal v Chelsea

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Theo Walcott has been heavily criticised by Arsenal fans in recent seasons, particularly those on social media.

The England international was well on his way to becoming one of the Premier League’s best players during the 2012-13 campaign, when he scored 14 goals in 32 appearances, but a succession of injuries have hampered the 27-year-old’s career since then.

However, Walcott is back to full fitness and looks sharper, more confident and hungrier than he has done for some time now.

The winger - who has finally accepted that he must play on the right wing, instead of demanding to play upfront, in order to get the minutes he craves - scored for the second successive Premier League match on Saturday.

Following his goal in the 4-1 victory over Hull City last weekend, Walcott netted three minutes after Alexis Sanchez’s opener against Chelsea.

Video: Walcott's superb first touch

Just under 20 minutes later and Walcott produced what was surely the best first touch of the match.

Petr Cech aimed the ball towards the Englishman, who was being tightly marked by Cesar Azpilicueta.

Walcott held off the Spanish defender and swivelled while delicately touching the ball with his right foot.

He someone kept the ball in play - it rolled perfectly along the touchline for almost 20 yards - before whipping in a cross to the edge of the penalty area.

It was a magnificent piece of skill from the much-maligned winger, who appears to be hitting top form once again.

Walcott also owned Azpilicueta earlier in the match

About 10 minutes earlier, Walcott also nutmegged Azpilicueta with a cheeky flick, which you can watch by clicking play on the video below.

Walcott celebrates on Twitter

Walcott celebrated Arsenal’s impressive win on Twitter.

Although Didier Drogba replied in style…

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