Theo Walcott knows a thing or two about aggression. In the Southampton youth team he was known as the Saints Sadist, Theo Wildcott, or The Beast of … ahh … we can’t, but the Arsenal man can recognise it in others when he sees it.
And this season he’s watching Mesut Ozil add some of it to his game, something Walcott feels is making a significant contribution to the German’s goalscoring form.
The former Real Madrid man bagged a hat-trick against Ludogorets last night, just days after Walcott himself should have taken home the match ball – missing chances to get a treble against Swansea.
“He showed me how to score a hat-trick anyway!” said Walcott. “He’s worked really hard, he’s looking strong and fit and you can see there’s a new aggressive level about his play.
“He’s ruthless in front of goal just now and chipping in with a lot more goals, so hopefully it can continue.”
It was Ozil’s 6th goal of the season, and to put that in perspective his best campaign since he joined is 8 – achieved in 2013-14 and again last season. He’s well on course to get into double figures, something Arsene Wenger has been nagging him about for quite some time now.
— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) October 19, 2016