It is hardly surprising that a lot of talk in the football press recently has been about the form of the Arsenal and England international star Theo Walcott. Some Arsenal fans will remember when the fleet footed forward was like this before when he was the club’s top scorer in the 2012-13 season with 21 goals from 31 starts and 12 sub appearances in all competitions, but that was the only really productive season we have seen from him.
To be fair to Theo there have been a lot of frustrating spells on the sidelines with injury since then but there is certainly something different about him this year. Arsene Wenger has given credit to the player for realising what he needs to do and doing it, while the 27-year old has praised his manager for a pep talk that got him going.
Another theory, however, and one I think holds water is the fact that he was left out of the England squad for Euro 2016. This along with his lack of playing time last season has given Walcott the rocket he needed in my opinion and we are reaping the benefit, but will it continue?
Well I think a recall to the England squad and then a place in the first team will surely help and with the Gunner in red hot scoring form and with the Tottenham striker Harry Kane out of action with injury I think that will happen over the next two weeks.
England and the temporary manager Gareth Southgate do have options up front, with players like Sturridge, Sterling and Vardy but are any of them in better form than Walcott right now? If Kane was available things might be different but as it is I expect Theo to start for England and that is just what Arsenal need to convince our forward to keep up the effort and intensity we have seen recently. And that can only be good news for the Gunners and our season.