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Theo Walcott being felled for the penalty
In his first Premier League start as a central striker against Reading, Theo Walcott scored an impressive goal off his weaker left foot. It built anticipation for future games that he could finally unlock the goalscoring potential both he and Arsene Wenger have long-insisted he has within him.
On the evidence of this game, he still has rather a lot to learn. Arsenal struggled to maintain possession, and needed Walcott to drop deep, show for the ball, and receive it with his back to goal. Unfortunately, that is a skill set he doesn't yet possess. His inability to hold the ball up meant that Arsenal couldn't get midfield runners beyond the striker.
Walcott's major contribution to the game was winning the penalty from which Mikel Arteta scored the winner, but tellingly that incisive run came from his more familiar position on the right hand side. Walcott undoubtedly has the pace and finishing finesse required to score goals, but needs a more rounded game to become Arsenal's regular centre-forward.