Anyone who has ever watched Theo Walcott will have felt a sense of frustration at one time or another. However, Walcott offers any team a different dimension – with his pace and directness often a sight to behold. Does anyone remember his unbelievable run from his own half against Liverpool, before he laid the ball off for Emmanuel Adebayor for a simple tap in?
His breakthrough season was in 2012-13, when he scored a decent number of goals and created quite a sizeable number of assists. Since then he has always had stop start seasons, and as his contract runs down not many Arsenal fans are losing any sleep over whether he signs or not.
However, I for one would hate to see Walcott go after watching him finally mature and begin to make the difference in big games – and with his recent links away from the club that looks like a real possibility (via the Express). I honestly believe Walcott has immense talent, and with the improvement of his finishing he could start to emulate a certain Frenchman. That combined with his pace – which can stretch any defence – and you have a player I believe any team would covet.
I have watched Walcott since he came back from injury, and he has been as sharp as ever – almost immediately getting back to scoring ways against Brighton and Hove Albion in the FA cup fourth round. His movement and instinctive finishing was exciting, and I did not believe Arsene Wenger for a second when he said that Walcott was off the pace after being out so long (via The Guardian); especially considering Danny Welbeck – the player who has been keeping him out of the team – is not exactly a prolific goal scorer.
The goal he forced against Manchester United has just confirmed to me how much we need Theo Walcott, particularly in the FA cup final against an Aston Villa team that may potentially come out to play and leave spaces at the back. The Englishman will never be a striker in my opinion, but he is still a very important player nonetheless.