Chelsea legend offers Arsenal hope over Theo Walcott

Pat Nevin believes Theo Walcott can still blossom into a world-class player for Arsenal

Theo Walcott’s “stunning pace” gives the Arsenal forward a fighting chance of blossoming into a world-class player, according to Pat Nevin.

The England international has made an impressive start to the 2016-17 Premier League season in Arsene Wenger’s first-team.

Walcott scored twice in the north London side’s thrilling 3-2 victory over Swansea City at the Emirates Stadium in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon and also netted in the 6-0 win over Ludogorets on Wednesday night.

The 27-year-old has been criticised for allowing his Arsenal career to stagnate in recent years after Walcott celebrated his 10th anniversary at The Emirates in January this year.

However, former Chelsea winger Nevin believes there is still time for Walcott thanks to his “ridiculously stunning pace” ahead of Arsenal’s home clash against Middlesbrough on Saturday afternoon.

“I think he could [become world class] because he has got that ridiculously stunning pace. He can get away from anyone,” Nevin told Newstalk’s Off The Ball podcast.

“You can be playing against a fantastic defender but if you’re quicker than him and put yourself in good positions, you can get free. If you give yourself four or five chances a game and you take two or three of them, that’s still pretty good.”

Walcott has scored five times in eight Premier League games for the Wenger’s side in the current campaign.

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Arsenal are in second place in the Premier League table but level on points with leaders Manchester City thanks to Walcott’s brace in a 3-2 win against Swansea.

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