Theo Walcott is gaining confidence after his recent hot form has returned 10 goals in just six starts and nine appearances from the bench, and he feels he can better his previous season’s tally with his deadly instinct that has been steadily developing.
The Englishman has had a mixed season so far minutes-wise, but statistically he is Arsenal’s most lethal forward as his contract negotiations continue and the Gunners struggle with their form.
The England international is pleased with his impact so far and wants to build upon it and continue to contribute more goals and assists this term. He told Arsenal’s official website:
Those are the sort of positions [at Everton] that this season and in the last few seasons I have been quite deadly in. When given a little sniff I am able to take it now. The goals [I have scored] show that.
I think I scored 11 last season and 13 the year before. Not just that, but my general play [is getting better] as well. The assists are coming now, which is fantastic, and I am enjoying my football.
I am very happy with the way I have started and it has got to continue. Hopefully I will take it into Saturday’s game.
The winger was an automatic selection last season when fit, however this campaign with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain chomping at the bit to play, the arrival of Lukas Podolski and Gervinho fighting for a spot, his place in the side was far from cemented. His contract negotiations are still ongoing and it is believed his lack of playing time at the start of the season was down to Wenger’s hard ball approach with Walcott’s terms with the club due to expire next year.
But Walcott has established himself as one of the most lethal wingers this season despite only four League starts, and if the Gunners are to finish in the top 4 this term they will need to tie Walcott down with a new deal and have him playing his best.
Giroud benefits from the Englishman’s crosses which have improved greatly over recent seasons, and he will asking Wenger the question of playing up front if he can prove he is capable of producing consistent performances.
Time is running out with the January window just over a month away, sign ‘da ting’ Walcott!