Theo Walcott came to the rescue Thursday for Arsenal against West Ham. Walcott scored twice in the second half to put the Gunners up 2-1 following a surprise goal from Carlton Cole. Walcott doesn’t score a ton for Arsenal, but when he does he has the habit of doing it in bunches.
Walcott’s first goal made West Ham’s Spanish keeper Adrian look a lot like a baseball fielder booting a ground ball. Maybe it took a slight deflection, or perhaps the keeper anticipated the ball hitting a leg instead of coming clean through on it. It was a tough break for Adrian, who’d made a fine double-save earlier in the second half which kept the game scoreless at the time.
If Arsenal — now ahead 3-1 with 10 minutes to play — hold on to take all three points it ensures that Manchester City cannot overtake first place with a win vs. Liverpool in the final game of the crowded Boxing Day schedule. Either way, it’s some nice fight for Arsenal. The rally liked caused a few writers to delete the ledes to their “Same Old Arsenal” screeds.
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