A previous season entwined with low confidence and output led many to believe that Theo Walcott’s relationship with Arsenal should come to an end but the Englishman had other ideas. In the Summer he was left out of England’s EURO 2016 squad, Walcott trained hard in a bid to be back to his best.
“I spoke to many people and it maybe woke up something in my system, I don’t know. I am completely different. I just want to be better and better, people have had so much faith in me and I tend to think I need to repay people.” – Theo Walcott
Walcott recently gave up on his central striker dream however with Alexis upfront and his tendencies to drop deep, Walcott’s positioning and movement gives the team an added dimension. His pace and superb off the ball runs help to exploit the space in behind the Chilean which has severely punished teams already this season. There has been vast improvements in almost every facet of Walcott’s game; defensive work and link up play seeing a considerable advance. His short incisive passing has helped the team link up more effectively and his movement means he is a constant out-ball if the midfield is under pressure.
Walcott has already made more tackles (12) in six PL apps this season than he managed in the last two seasons combined (11), via WhoScored.com. His willingness to track back and almost repay the work Bellerin does for him getting forward has been appreciated by all fans and has contributed directly to the success of this early season. His output, including goals against Liverpool, Hull, Chelsea and a brace against FC Basel show he is not afraid of the ‘big’ occasions and his work over the summer displayed just how much he wants to repay those who never gave up.
Theo Walcott made a total of 42 appearances in the 2015/16 season, managing nine goals and seven assists. The Englishman has already scored five times and assisted twice in just eight games so far this season and both Walcott and fans alike will be hoping for consistency.
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