Match Highlights: Theo Walcott (Arsenal) vs Burnley

Football brain or football dummy?

Debate continues to rage over whether Theo Walcott is anything more than an athlete who can play football, or whether the Arsenal 14 is in fact the real deal who can not only lift the Gunners to success, but also England.

On Saturday, having been rounded condemned as disappointing for England against Egypt, Walcott manage to hit back against the boo-boys by putting in a fine performance against Burnley including bagging the crucial second goal of the game with a lovely left-footed finish.

Walcott’s afternoon, though, started off in typical shaky fashion as the winger continually tore past the Burnley backline – and Danny Fox in particular – only to see his crosses regularly intercepted by the Clarets. With his final ball lacking, Walcott showed a much improved performance in the second half, and he not only continued to outsmart and outpace the visitors defence – his crosses were actually bang-smack on target.

But for a astonishingly poor performance by Nicklas Bendtner, Walcott would have had at least three assists. Finally decided to do it all on his own by cutting in and placing a sweet, sweet left footed strike past Jensen.

Theo Walcott’s match highlights can be seen here.

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As a bonus, the ironic applause of the Arsenal crowd to Bendtner’s substitution for Eduardo da Silva can be seen here, while on a separate note, Arsenal TV’s “Weird and Wonderful” interview with Bendtner can be seen here.