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Verdict:Nasri Good, Walcott Better

After the Burnley match on Saturday, we asked you who was Arsenal's man of the match, and two players ran away with the voting.

He may have barely made it to the match on time after missing the team bus, but nevertheless, Theo Walcott was the Arsenal MOTM against the Clarets. The young Englishman, who may I remind you is still only 20 years old, racked up 45% of the votes, despite not having a football brain. Samir Nasri came in at number two with 31%.

Cesc Fabregas 8%
Samir Nasri 31%
Theo Walcott 45%
Emmanuel Eboue 5%
Gael Clichy 2%
Nicklas Bendtner... haha 9%

Here are some post match quotes from Theo:

"Chris Waddle? I heard what has been going on and what he said, but I don`t listen to people on the outside of football. I listen to people around me: the boss [Arsčne Wenger], Mr [Fabio] Capello, my family and the people around me. I`ve got fantastic people who look after me. I am very level-headed and keep my feet on the ground. I will forget about this performance now and try to kick on and improve on Tuesday.

"I do know what`s going on on the outside but I don`t listen to it, I only listen to people around me. It`s doesn`t bother me whatsoever. Maybe if I keep performing like that it will shut people up."

He also spoke about his odd goal celebration:

"I was late for the bus so I had to get a car to the hotel so that`s why I was pointing to a watch"

"It was Paul Johnson I ran over to because he was waiting for me in the car. I wasted a bit of his time. I probably will get a fine but I`ll take it.'

Here's to Walcott keeping up this form.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

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Writer: Brice Coffer Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday March 8 2010

Time: 7:07PM

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Maybe Theo should miss the Team Bus more!
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08/03/2010 20:00:00

I think Theo prefers playing with Eboue behind him than Bacary.
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08/03/2010 20:32:00

Just wanted to say that 3 players who've underperformed this season -- Nasri, Denilson, Theo -- really stepped up their game on Saturday. As for all the criticism Bendtner is getting...Nik SCORES AT AWAY GAMES, he rarely scores at home games. Interesting how people failed to notice that he scored in his last 3 games (all away) yet suddenly dried up the minute he played AT HOME. Even so, Nik never hides and keeps trying. And it was noticeable how we lost our shape and momentum the minute he went off.
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08/03/2010 21:42:00

agreed wth Jaelle. Even tho it seemed Nik couldn't throw a rock in the ocean I was worried about him coming off because he's been excellent at retaining the ball up front and he's certainly more useful at defending corners than Eduardo. this was one of those odd Wenger substitutions that I did not understand from a tactical standpoint. maybe he was saving Nik for Porto...
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08/03/2010 22:02:00

Much better from him and about time too, even if it was against the worst team in the league. Nasri MOM though, simply brilliant.
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09/03/2010 01:00:00

Theo that is*
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09/03/2010 01:00:00

Well we all know how well Diaby started out the season and he turned his form around, hopefully Theo can do the same thing. He's dangerous as hell when he's got all pistons firing. I don't think Nasri has been BAD, per se, but i don't think he's has been at his best. Confidence is rising around the team and it's really reflecting out on the pitch. As for Bedtner ...some close-range shooting practice is in order.
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09/03/2010 02:33:00

Was Theo really that good? I felt Nasri was much better throughout the game. Theo had a poor first half, didnt do much, though to his credit, he should have had 2-3 assists in the 2nd. He ran at the left back, and crossed immediately, so that was good to see. It was a weak team, no doubt, and it will be interesting to see if Theo can be more consistent which is a huge challenge for him.
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09/03/2010 08:34:00

Theo was pretty effective - had 5 attempts himself 3 on target and scored once. He also created 6 attempts for others and won a couple of tackles. But consistency is indeed the challenge for him.
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09/03/2010 08:54:00

didnt Bendtner score at HOME a couple of games back!??
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09/03/2010 10:47:00

Weather he did or not is not the point really. He should've put away 2 or 3 easy in the game we're talking about. Walcott was deadly and was causing the defense havoc, aswell as putting in the best cross i've ever seen him produce.
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09/03/2010 11:01:00

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09/03/2010 12:44:00

Yeah Bendtner scored at HOME to Sunderland 3 games ago.
Gun 'Em Down
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09/03/2010 13:13:00

My bad, one of Nik's last 3 goals was indeed at home. Anyway, I didn't say he "never" scores at home, I said most of his goals are at away games. Nik has suffered incredible abuse from the home crowd (tho that didn't happen on Saturday, thankfully), and most of his worst misses have been at home. It's no good comparing him to RVP, who's 26. We should start judging Nik when he turns 23/24.
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09/03/2010 13:21:00

And btw, Fui, did you watch how many sitters Torres missed v. Wigan yesterday?
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09/03/2010 13:32:00

I kind of agree with you Jaelle, but the CC game against Burnley last season shows he has these sorts of games away, too. Although his misses in that game weren't quite as bad as the ones yesterday.
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09/03/2010 14:59:00

Bad bad news. Gallas out for another month which effectively rules him out for the season. Squeaky bum time.
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09/03/2010 15:43:00

The thing that's worrying about Gallas is that our unbeaten run collapsed last season when he got injured. Of course we didn't have Campbell at the time, and he's certainly a better stand-in than Silvestre.
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09/03/2010 16:05:00

Jaelle, are you in NYC by any chance?
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09/03/2010 16:13:00

I think the fact that he created so many genuine scoring opportunities is fantastic!! Even against Egypt the dribble and ball to Lampard (a chance Frank would normally score for Chelsea) was great, and if Lampard had indeed scored then that's a great assist.
No 10
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09/03/2010 17:18:00

i think Nasri may have read this articles headline based on his barnstorming performance against Porto!! Shame the next one will read Nasri Good, Bendtner Better! :D
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10/03/2010 12:32:00

Yes, Sajit, I'm in NYC.
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10/03/2010 13:37:00


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