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Theo Walcott has finally emerged as a legitimate match-winner.
It was hard to decide if Theo Walcott’s form has improved this season, or what we are seeing is simply what he is capable of when he bothers. Either way, his string of match-winning performances during this campaign certainly merit a place on this list.
Rather than just glimpses of potential sandwiched between lazy performances, Walcott has been a decisive contributor. He was a match-winner in that unforgettable comeback against Reading in the Capital One Cup, in October 2012.
He was the dominant force in the League against Newcastle United and has consistently been a goal-getter this season. Finding the net 18 times comfortably represents Walcott's best scoring campaign.
His role has also evolved during the season. He still occupies the right flank more often than not, but there has finally been more fluidity of movement from Walcott this term.
Some games through the middle at the turn of the year helped. However, since moving back to the right flank, Walcott has stayed flexible enough to drift off the wing more often.
He now plays a hybrid forward role, where he often hovers in areas behind central striker Olivier Giroud. No matter where he starts, Walcott is showcasing a greater range of off-the ball runs.
As stated many times, if the run is right, Walcott will finish. His technique in front of goal is now as good as any forward in world football.
Gervinho and Santi Cazorla are both playing very well on the edges of Arsenal's front three. However, the Gunners need Walcott back in the forward line to secure a top-four finish.