30 touches, 5 shots: Arsenal man the most resourceful in Premier League

Walcott Celebrates

In a jaw-dropping game at the Etihad which produced 34 shots, 981 passes and nine goals - there was one man making the most of every touch in the game.

Manchester City exerted their home dominance against league leaders Arsenal in a compelling 6-3 win, which left spectators watching on in awe.

The game was a statistical marvel with every shread of evidence pointing in the favour of the an emphatic Manchester City side. City mustered 22 shots, 513 passes and 6 goals, a few of which embodied true world standard football. Despite the scoreline, Arsenal were far from poor. They created several goalscoring opportunities and broke the barricades of a usual formidable City back-line, that before then had only let Romelu Lukaku and Wayne Rooney put the ball in their goal 

The man that grabbed a brace at the distress of Manchester City turned out to be the most resourceful player in the Premier League on the day.

Theo Walcott had been brought back into first-team duties after watching Arsenal struggle in Italy from the bench. It turned out to be a stroke of genius from Wenger, who saw a nearing fit Theo Walcott show what sort of growth he has made as a player since he first burst onto the scene.

It's fair to say, as a youngster that Theo Walcott came under-fire for his wasteful play and at times he was certainly guilty of just that, for example, in the 2011/12 he made just 18 accurate crosses from 134 attempts, which is a pretty poor record.

Against Manchester City, he was by far the most effective player on the pitch per the amount of touches he had on the ball.

Walcott only touched the ball 30 times, to put that into perspective, it's worth noting that goalkeeper Wojciech Szcezesny had 11 more touches of the ball.

With the 30 touches, he made 11 passes with a 91% accuracy and took five shots, four of which hit the target and two that hit the back of the net.

He attempted six crosses with two hitting their marker, in comparison to Ozil, who made the same amount of crosses but didn't hit the target once, and only Nasri was more accurate than him on the day - a big improvement.

Theo Walcott will no-doubt be fighting for his World Cup place now he is back from injury, with Townsend offering a potential threat to his jersey. However, if he keeps this form up then I can't see how Roy could justify leaving him out.

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