4 Passes completed in 65 minutes - Arsenal attacker Theo Walcott still conjures up magic

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Theo Walcott made an impact despite a general lack of involvement in Arsenal's Community Shield win.

Theo Walcott received the nod ahead of Olivier Giroud to start up front for Arsenal against Chelsea, and played a key role in the victory.

He played 65 minutes, contributing to the decisive moment in the 1-0 win.

Walcott provided the assist for match winner Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's first half goal, as they retained the Community Shield.

His impact was notable for the fact he completed only four passes during the win, with two in the first half and two in the second.

One of the four passes was clearly telling, and it is testament to his talent that he managed to provide a game changing moment despite such little possession - managing only 12 touches in total.

Manager Arsene Wenger even noted the team's inability to supply Walcott with the ball, telling Arsenal.com: "I felt today that I wanted to use Theo’s pace to go in behind. In the first half he worked very hard, didn’t get too much service, but he worked very hard."

Walcott has become a very productive player in recent seasons, scoring goals and providing assists despite limited game time due to injury, or being used as a substitute.

The way his possession was limited was also credit to Chelsea's stifling football, but crucially when it mattered, Walcott made it count.

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