Michael Owen delivers blunt verdict on Theo Walcott’s goal in Arsenal’s win over Ludogorets

Michael Owen has his say on Theo Walcott's impressive first-half strike in Wednesday night's Arsenal win

Michael Owen wasn’t impressed with the Ludogorets goalkeeper after Theo Walcott’s impressive goal in Arsenal’s 6-0 win at The Emirates.

Chile international Alexis Sanchez broke the deadlock in the first half with a superb chip over Vladislav Stoyanov in the 12th minute.

Walcott doubled the home side’s lead in the 42nd minute with a curling strike from outside the Ludogorets area after Mesut Ozil’s cross.

However, former Liverpool and Manchester United striker Owen felt that Walcott was helped by Stoyanov’s poor attempt at stopping his right-footed effort.

“You watch the goal and think that it must have taken a deflection, it can’t go in the middle of the goal like that without taking a deflection. Obviously the goalkeeper’s had a nightmare,” Owen told BT Sport.

Walcott has started the 2016-17 season in impressive style after the England forward was omitted from Roy Hodgson’s squad for this summer’s European championship tournament.

The 27-year-old scored twice in a 3-2 victory over Swansea City in the Premier League at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday afternoon to take his tally to five top-flight goals this term.

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The former Southampton man has also scored three goals in the Champions League following his impressive strike against the Bulgarians on Wednesday night.

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