Ian Wright identifies what Theo Walcott must do to silence all his critics
By Amir Mir
Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright has hailed the performance of Theo Walcott and urged him to shut people up with consistent performances this season.
Forward Walcott has been in blistering form on the domestic front, scoring two goals on Saturday to help his side to a nervy 3-2 victory against Swansea.
The 27-year-old has taken his tally to five goals in eight games this term, despite only scoring the same amount in the whole of the previous campaign.
Now BBC Sports pundit Wright has backed the England international to produce the goods, when the going gets tough for Arsene Wenger’s side.
“Theo now seems to have his head on right and is doing all the right things,” Wright told BBC Radio Five programme 606. “He has five in eight now, whereas he only got only five last season and I just want it to continue for him.
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“When it gets into the crux of the season and he’s still doing it. I am hoping he can shut a few up then.”
Southampton academy graduate Walcott has scored 92 goals and supplied 73 assists for Arsenal in 355 appearances.
He has been hugely criticised in the past for being inconsistent over the long haul of the season, as was demonstrated last term.
Walcott was dropped for the touring party which travelled to France in Euro 2016, but has seemingly rediscovered his form once again for his club, but did disappoint in the recent international fixtures for England.
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