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Without question, the wiry winger is one of the most frustrating players Arsene Wenger has fielded in the past two years, and to see him getting as much game time as he has is incomprehensible.
For all of his pace and trickery when one-on-one with opposing defenders, his second, third and final ball is the stuff of comedy. Whether he is attempting a slaloming run through multiple defenders that, inexorably, leaves him ball-less and in a heap on the ground crying out for a foul, or he is trying to pick out one of his teammates inside the 18-yard box, the result is always a turnover.
Theo Walcott, for all of his raging inconsistency, would be a welcome improvement in Wenger’s starting lineup.