Walcott has supplied many of Van Persie’s goals in the Dutchman’s incredible scoring run since the turn of the New Year, including the cross that teed up the striker to equalise at Norwich on Saturday.
Walcott believes it isn’t just his relationalship with Van Persie that is flourishing, but the entire sides new compatibility during their recent revival. He told Arsenal’s official website:
We just love playing together. Over the past few years I have had my injuries and he has had his so we have not been able to sustain a run of games together. But this year you can see signs that we just know where each other is going to be on the pitch. To be honest it makes it is easier for both of us. Robin is one of the best strikers in the world right now and a great leader too.
But then the whole team is gelling now. On the second goal you could see there was a lot of movement not just with the ball but without it. We were creating space for players and a lot of us are in form at the moment. And of course it is easier when we are winning.
If we want to climb up the table then, no disrespect to Norwich, but we should be coming to places like this and winning. I did not think we deserved to be 1-0 down but they closed us down well. It was important to get the goal back before half time and we played some beautiful football.
Walcott has impressed in recent weeks, and has become a vital cog in the Gunners attack producing an array of assists and even getting on the scoresheet occasionally with a memorable finish against Chelsea a few weeks back fresh in many Gooner’s minds. If he keeps working hard and playing as well as he has, van Persie will keep tapping in the dangerous crosses that Walcott is continually creating.