Arsenal came from behind to secure a win at West Ham United which fired Arsenal back to the top of the Premier League after critics started asking questions after the draw against Chelsea earlier this week.
Theo Walcott grabbed a brace while returning German Lukas Podolski added a third goal, as Arsenal showed great courage and determination to respond following a howler from Wojciech Szczesny.
Things looked as though they could have been very different when Szczesny fumbled a shot from Kevin Noland, which allowed the ball to spill out to Carlton Cole who made no mistake as West Ham went ahead.
As soon as Adrian handed Arsenal a gift when he turned in Walcott’s shot, the Gunners never looked back and they started to grow in confidence as they piled more and more pressure onto the home side.
It was almost as though they were effectively being let off the leash, freed from their defensive duties and allowed to cause chaos among the West Ham ranks all over the pitch.
Walcott has been one of the key figures who has been missing from this Arsenal side this season but he seems to be somewhere close to his best form following a spell out with injury.
His pace on the counter attack is something that Arsenal have missed in difficult away games such as this and he showed with his performance just how dangerous he can be when he catches an opposition side on the back foot.
It goes with the very professional and impressive performance that he put in against Manchester City away from home albeit with that result at the Etihad being in a losing cause.
Walcott looks fit, fresh and he’s firing and he has a great relationship with several players all over the pitch which means he’s much more than just a winger who can run fast and beat defenders.
Here’s what Arsenal fans made of his performance.
Some footballers don't need I be very good, they just need to be a threat. #walcott— Yohance Lewis (@YoYoLewis) December 26, 2013
i guess it never hurts to have the fastest player in the world on your team #Walcott— Andrew Hicks (@HixyStyx) December 26, 2013
He's invisible. You wonder why he's on the pitch, or if he's even one. You want him subbed but then he scores a brace in a few minutes #Theo— Fady (@WalGOAT) December 26, 2013
Put him 1 on 1, I don't trust him. Have him probing and having a pop, he's dangerous. #Theo— The Arsenal Horse (@thearsenalhorse) December 26, 2013
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