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21st Oct, 2016 | 9:37am

BBC pundit gives two-word verdict on Theo Walcott

By Emma Sanders

Martin Keown has revealed his thoughts on Theo Walcott’s improvements this season and described the Arsenal star as someone who had been a “half player” before now.

The former Arsenal defender wrote in his column, that Walcott has been better due to a change in his attitude and application.

In ten games this season, Walcott has scored eight goals and has had 19 shots on target. He’s already beat his record from 2015-16 where he only scored seven goals in 35 games.

“Theo Walcott has improved so much this season, it is as if he has flicked a switch in his head,” wrote Keown in his BBC Sport column.

“It is like the Gunners only had half a player – until now.

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“He sees himself as a winger, not a striker, but his turnaround is not just because he is now focusing on succeeding in one position for Arsenal.

“It is down to a change in his attitude and application, which has brought him a greater end product. Theo has a different mindset.”

The 27 year-old has made a bright start to the season and has started every Premier League game under Arsene Wenger.

After being left out of the England squad for the European Championships, Walcott has seemingly turned his attentions to Arsenal where he has spent more than ten years of his career.

The Southampton academy graduate was a shock selection in Sven Goran Erikson’s World Cup squad in 2006 at the age of 17 without making a single first team club appearance.

He was tipped to become England’s next biggest star but has dwindled away in recent years so his form comes as a pleasant surprise for Arsenal this season.

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