Back to peak fitness following long-term injury absences, Arsenal twosome Mesut Ozil and Theo Walcott played key roles in ripping apart the Brighton’s defence in the FA Cup fourth round.
The Gunners advanced courtesy of a 3-2 victory, with both the German and Englishman on the scoresheet, the latter notching after just 90 seconds.
Following Walcott’s first of the season, bwin go 17/20 about him scoring over 5.5 top-tier goals between February 1st and the campaign’s closure.
For such a shrewd operator in front of goal, this price already possesses a world of value, but the appeal intensifies with the consideration of this single stat.
The Brighton game was just the sixth in which both Walcott and Ozil made the same Arsenal starting XI.
In this sextet of outings, the former Southampton academy graduate has scored six times, while his £42.5m teammate has struck once and laid on two assists.
Ozil came under increased criticism at the end of the previous season and at the start of this for his lack of output, but his perceived decline in performance levels occurred after Walcott succumbed to a knee ligament injury.
The threat the England flyer poses in behind opposition defences often causes adversaries to pitch their backline deeper than normal, allowing the World Cup winner more space to operate.
Conversely, when they press and thus leave gaps for pacey players to exploit, Ozil has the brainpower and technical savvy to slide Walcott through on goal, rendering the ex-Real Madrid star doubly devastating.
The 26-year-old’s lack of endeavour and unwillingness to assert himself physically is what sparked animosity towards him last term, but if he can replicate his Premier League passing figures from 2013/14 the assists are sure to flow.
Only three players made more final third passes last season than Ozil; teammate Santi Cazorla, Manchester City’s David Silva and Eden Hazard of Chelsea.
Of this conjuring quartet, it is the German who, by some margin, held the best accuracy with 84.24 per cent of his passes finding their target.
In addition to Ozil, Cazorla proved another expert at finding friends in the final third throughout the previous campaign, topping the final-third-pass standings by some 49 and boasting an 81.18 per cent accuracy to boot.
Such numbers point to plenty of chances for a speedster like Walcott and his lethal finishing prowess suggests the goals will arrive en masse.