Arsenal forward Theo Walcott has admitted that next season has to be a good one for him, as he finally looks to deliver on the potential that earned him a spot in England’s World Cup squad nine years ago.
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Walcott, who had only recently turned 17 when he travelled with the Three Lions to Germany, is now 26. He’s played more than 300 games and scored 76 goals for us, but has arguably never fulfilled our aspirations for him.
He looked to be heading in the right direction when he netted 21 times during the 2012-13 campaign but injury problems have held him back over the last couple of years. Nonetheless, he impressed towards the end of last season, scoring a hat-trick in our final league game against West Brom and striking again against Villa in the FA Cup final.
With the former Southampton man now in the so called ‘peak years’ of his career, he’s only too aware of the need to continue that momentum into next season.
In quotes taken by the Daily Mirror, he said: “It’s now or never. If I want to be known as one of the great players, I need to perform for England and Arsenal on a consistent basis. It’s been a gradual process to get here, but these have to be my years. I’m at the age where I need to push on, without a doubt.”
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We often talk about our need to sign a striker this summer. Well, we once needed a holding midfielder, but then Francis Coquelin came along. Let’s hope our man can deliver in a similar fashion next season!