The 24-year-old England international finished as the club’s top scorer with 21 goals the first time in a campaign that he has found the net more than 20 times.
And having put an end to the rumors by signing a new long-term contract at Emirates Stadium in January, Walcott is looking to go from strength to strength over the next 12 months.
According to Arsenal official website, he said :
I was very proud of being top scorer, but it sort of went unnoticed really.
The season was hard work, everyone knows about the contract situation and to play with that on your mind is tough, but is was a massive achievement for me to be top scorer for the season for Arsenal.
The likes of Thierry Henry, Robin van Persie and Dennis Bergkamp have done it, and now I want to push on from that. I don’t want to stay at a steady level, I want to push on and push the Club on so we realize our potential.
I was very proud of myself last season – not just the goals but the assists and what I contributed to the team itself. That has come from me believing in myself a bit more.
Even the seasons before last, I scored quite a few goals. And being out wide, a lot of wide men only tend to get 10 to 15 goals a season.
I had a few games up front but most of my goals were form the right. When things are going well, I wouldn’t change a thing. If I can contribute anywhere across the front line then I will take that.
Even if there wasn’t a goalkeeper there [after training] I would put cones out in the goals and practice [my finishing]. If they are in the corners, you can aim there because no goalkeeper is going to get there if you hit the side netting.
The keepers would stay behind most of the time and that helped me, I practiced on my left and right foot. I wanted to do it, that is my desire to improve.
Theo Walcott started 43 games in all competitions last season and scored 21 goals while providing 16 assists which speaks a lot about how Walcott stepped it up and improved this season.
He is young, talented and finally he is getting chances to play in his favourite position, though it could change now with Arsenal in the market for a striker and Giroud still in squad. Irrespective of where Wenger fields Theo, one thing is sure that if Walcott keeps progressing like he did last season, Arsenal supporters will have plenty to cheer about.
It is clear to see that Theo has developed leaps and bounds over the last four years. He has become mature and has also learned to be calm in front of goal. Should Wenger give Walcott more chances to play as a Center forward?
What say Gonners?