Theo Walcott provides his eagerly-anticipated ‘end product’ against Burnley

March 6, 2010

Theo Walcott has started consecutive home games for Arsenal now, and has looked lively in both. His performance against Sunderland was promising but was typical of his stereotype – he showed great pace but rarely provided a good ball into the box.

He consistently outpaced the Black Cats’ left-back George McCartney a fortnight ago, to the point where Steve Bruce had to change his system and put Anton Ferdinand at left-back instead, but Walcott still provided little in the way of real creativity:

by Guardian Chalkboards

Against Burnley, however, he was on fine form. Consistently beating his man and getting balls into the box, the Chalkboard demonstrates how much more involved he was in Arsenal’s play, and how much more often he found a teammate with his passes and crosses:

by Guardian Chalkboards

His performance for England in midweek was not as bad as was suggested – had Frank Lampard not missed a relatively easy chance early on, Walcott would have been credited with an assist and would have stayed on the pitch for longer. But, regardless of his England hopes, it’s great to see him playing with confidence and being a genuine attacking threat.

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