Theo Walcott and Arsenal ran riot on 10-man Blackpool yesterday, with the England international scoring his first hat trick at club level, nearly two years on since his hat trick in Croatia in England’s 2010 World Cup qualifying campaign.
Yesterday, Theo Walcott showed once again what he was capable of as he terrorised Blackpool’s defence for 90 minutes, scoring half of Arsenal’s 6 goals in the process. Starting as a right forward, Walcott had Stephen Crainey’s number all day, with the Scot, playing only his seventh ever Premier League match, not having the pace to keep up with Walcott.
We saw yesterday what Theo Walcott and Arsenal are capable of. But this result must be taken with a pinch of salt, playing against one of the weakest side’s in Premier League history, and whom were reduced to 10 men on the half hour mark when Ian Evatt brought down Marouane Chamakh as the last man.
All three of Walcott’s goals were tidy finishes in a game that saw him left open by a shell-shocked defence on a number of occasions. Even when he was marked by two defenders, he still managed to score against a poor-positioned Matthew Gilks in the Blackpool goal for his second of the game.
Arsenal fans will be aware not to get carried away with this performance from Theo Walcott. He’s been a model of inconsistency amongst a number of Arsenal youngster’s who have failed to find form on a consistent basis under Arsene Wenger. His movement, finishing and passing were all great today, with the occasional mistake that we’ve come to expect. But this came against a defence that was all over the place and lacked pace. Until Theo Walcott can put these performances in week in week out, and against the likes of Patrice Evra, Ashley Cole and Benoit Assou-Ekotto, critics will rightfully doubt him.
Arsenal’s 6-0 victory yesterday was matched by Chelsea in their thrashing of Wigan at the DW Stadium in Saturday’s evening kick off, making our weekly Premier League Tips never look in doubt at a handsome 6/4 price that was effectively finished before the hour in both games. They also settled the Unquoted Score on Betfair tips in the article I wrote on Friday. All-in-all, a very productive weekend!