Video: Theo Walcott produced a truly horrible 'cross' in Arsenal win

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Ultimately, Theo Walcott had a successful Sunday as he scored a crucial goal in Arsenal's 3-1 win over Bournemouth.

However, for a time at the Emirates, it looked like the English winger and his teammates could be set for a frustrating afternoon as the game sat tied at 1-1 at half-time.

And there was one moment in particular during the first 45 minutes which summed up the struggles Arsene Wenger's men were enduring. It involved Walcott and what we suppose you would call a "cross".

The Gunners started well against their south coast opponents, as Alexis Sanchez pounced on a mistake from Bournemouth's Steve Cook to give the home side the lead after 12 minutes.

However, a foul on Calum Wilson from Nacho Monreal saw Bournemouth equalise via the penalty spot just 10 minutes later. As the 1-1 scoreline suggested, there wasn't much to separate the two teams.

And, with Arsenal desperate to keep pace with the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table, perhaps that is what caused Walcott's wild "cross" that was to follow.

Making a good run into space down the right wing, Walcott picked up the ball after a pass from Mohamed Elneny.

Moment to forget

Things looked good for a moment as the former Southampton star used some nifty footwork to get away from one Bournemouth defender.

Unfortunately, what followed was a moment that Walcott's critics would argue almost perfectly sums up the 27-year-old's career to date...

Walcott must have wished he hadn't even bothered to make the run as he watched the wild 'cross' skew into the Emirates crowd. Not one of his finest moments, that's for sure.

Bouncing back

However, credit where credit is due.

In previous years, Walcott may have let that one embarrassing moment put him off his stride. Not this season.

Walcott bounced back to score the goal that put Arsenal 2-1 up - a composed back post header after a Monreal cross found him unmarked.

And, in the long run, the wayward cross will just be a blip in what was an otherwise perfect weekend for the England regular.

That's because, as well as the three points Arsenal collected on Sunday, Walcott was also celebrating the birth of his newborn son Arlo.

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