Most people, including myself, thought that Theo had a really poor game last night. He just couldn’t get into the game as his touch has not yet returned. Walcott though, did make a fantastic run that was crucial to our first goal. I hadn’t noticed this run while watching the game live and only saw it in the detailed highlights on ATVO. This is the only angle that captures it.
Theo starts around the half way line and the left touchline when Song has the ball. Arshavin drops deep to collect the pass before laying it off to Cesc who puts it through to Nasri. Walcott, meanwhile, makes a brilliant run right up to the penalty spot covering more than 50 yards in 7 to 8 seconds.
Johnson had a 10 yard advantage over our young winger but Theo just flew past him. No wonder the England full back was under pressure to intercept the ball.
I am not saying that Walcott had a great game, but such runs do show his importance to the team. Our wide players have to get into the box more often. This can serve as a good starting point.
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