Theo Walcott was Arsenal’s second highest rated player on Who Scored, behind Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, but why doesn’t he play like that all the time?
Walcott’s decade-long career at Arsenal has been marred by injury and inconsistency, both of which tend to go hand-in-hand. However, at the beginning this season, the forward seemed to have turned over a new leaf, which included a new diet, training regime and seeing a psychologist.
At first, his new approach to football appeared to be paying off and Walcott scored eight goals in all competitions between August and October when he picked up a minor hamstring injury. Since his return in November, the 27-year-old has scored just eight more, half of which came against Sutton and Southampton in the FA Cup. With his performances ranging from sublime (Southampton) to anonymous (Chelsea away), it’s almost impossible to know which Walcott will turn up on the day.
Against Bayern, he wasn’t exactly sublime but he was certainly one of Arsenal’s best players, scoring the Gunners’ only goal of the evening, having three shots overall, winning 1/1 tackles and managing 55 touches despite the German club dominating the second half after their penalty.
The question is, why doesn’t he always play like this? Walcott’s speed is a huge weapon and when he’s in form, he’s virtually unplayable. The issue is, there’s no telling when his form will disappear again.
Stats via Who Scored.