Chelsea legend launches staunch defence of Arsenal’s Theo Walcott

Tony Cascarino is a fan of Arsenal striker Theo Walcott

Tony Cascarino has claimed that Arsenal striker Theo Walcott has been the subject of unfair criticism in recent seasons.

The England international has made a brilliant start to the 2016-17 Premier League season after missing out on a place in Roy Hodgson’s Euro 2016 squad in the summer.

Walcott scored twice in the first half of Arsenal’s thrilling 3-2 victory over Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.

The Arsenal star has now scored five times and has made two assists in eight Premier League appearances to leave him top of the north London side’s goal-scoring charts.

Former Chelsea striker Cascarino believes Walcott deserves credit for an impressive goals-to-game ratio during a 10-year career at the Emirates Stadium.

“There is a lot of anti-Theo Walcott in football. It surprises me,” Cascarino told The Game podcast.

“Theo gets stick on every level. He is always compared to Thierry Henry. If you look at his goal ratio, it is pretty decent.

“He had a terrible ACL injury when he was playing the best football of his career. He didn’t come back the same. He has won two FA Cups.”

Walcott scored two goals in two Champions League games ahead of Wednesday night’s visit of Ludogorets after scoring twice in a 2-0 victory over Swiss side Basel last month. He then netted in the 6-0 win over the Bulgarian side on Wednesday night.

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Arsenal are in second place in the Premier League table but level on points with leaders Manchester City.

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