Theo Walcott wants to win trophies with Arsenal, and he would even trade his impressive tally of 250 appearances for the Gunners to achieve that.
The 24-year-old has spent seven trophyless years in North London and while he is pleased with his personal milestones his main focus is on winning silverware for the fans.
The England international has enjoyed his most fruitful season since leaving Southampton, he has netted 11 goals and bagged 9 assists in the League and is eager to add further to that tally when he returns to fitness.
Walcott told Arsenal Player:
I would personally take all of [my] appearances away to win something at this Club.
Some people may think I’m mad but I think I’m not selfish. I like to think for the Club and the fans.
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Appearances are great but winning things means more. Hopefully next season, when I hopefully reach 300 appearances, there will be a trophy on the end of that. That’s the biggest target.
I’m very proud of that [reaching 250 appearances]. I’ve worked hard through all the lows and the highs. This season especially, there have been a lot of highs. It’s a nice positive. I don’t want it to stop there. I want to continue to play and get back fit soon. It’s a fantastic achievement and I’m very happy.
I’ve definitely matured as a player. I’ve always been the same sort of person off the pitch. I’ve always got time for people. I think at times, the players might look for something to come from nowhere and at times that’s maybe [up to] me or the likes of Jack.
This season has been my best goalscoring and assist-making season. I can see why people may think that now. That’s been the biggest step for me.
The assists are something I’m very proud of. A lot of those come from the wing as well. An assist is just as important as getting a goal.
The Englishman has been in flying form at times this season and seems to have suffered from fatigue prior to his injury after playing successive matches for the Gunners. His ability to contribute to the Arsenal attack in almost every match has made the winger an integral cog in the Gunners front line. He has flourished out wide since the turn of the year with Giroud playing centrally after his experimental run up front, and he will need to return to form for the season run-in to help Wenger’s side achieve a top four finish.