Walcott stat shows how Arsenal win far more with him, than without…

Theo Walcott

… but does the statistic tell the whole story? Will Arsenal now experience a few fixture hiccups in the coming weeks?

Thus far this season, Arsenal have fared much better with Theo Walcott in the first team selection than without him, as evidenced by the statistics for the current campaign to date, that demonstrate from 18 games featuring the quick-paced forward, Arsenal have triumphed in 14, drawing two and losing two - a win percentage of 78 and a 2.44 points per game average.

Without Walcott, Arsene Wenger's side have accumulated fewer victories and fewer points. From 13 matches in his absence, the Gunners claimed seven wins, two ties and suffered four defeats - a win percentage of 54 and a 1.76 points per game average.

England also appear to gain better results when Walcott is selected in the national team.

Since the start of the 2012-13 season, Theo has been included in eight Three Lions match-ups, winning five, drawing three and not once losing - a win percentage of 62 and a 2.25 points per game average.

Without Walcott in international fixtures, England claimed maximum points just four times from ten games, drawing three while registering three defeats - a win percentage of 40 and a 1.5 points per game average.

Do the statistics tell the full story, though?

Walcott was absent for the 1-0 loss to Manchester United, the 2-1 reverse to Borussia Dortmund and the 2-0 defeat to Chelsea in the League Cup - could his pace and positional sense have altered the end result in any of these fixtures?

The Englishman, 24, has, this season alone, affected the scoreline - directly - in a number of important encounters, including a brace of assists against Fenerbahce in Turkey, an assist against Tottenham Hotspur in the first North London derby of the season, two goals returned against Manchester City (albeit during a 6-3 loss) and the vital, difference-making assist in the 1-0 triumph versus Newcastle United recently.

Considering this evidence, as well as Walcott's current attacking efficiency of a goal/assist registered every 85 minutes on average in Premier League duty alone (from his five goals and five assists to date), is his absence for the rest of the season more problematic than first presumed?

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