Theo Walcott hopes he can be Arsenal’s top scorer again this season having finally opened his account with a superb volley against Marseille last night.
The 24-year-old looked a relieved chap as he celebrated his strike at the Stade Velodrome having passed up two earlier opportunities and Saturday’s profligacy against Sunderland still fresh in the mind.
Speaking after the win in the south of France, the England winger reflected on the goal telling Arsenal.com:
“It meant a lot getting off the mark [for the season]. Hopefully there are going to be more to come now. I started pretty late last year and I finished as top goalscorer so it’s a good sign. I’m pretty sure of that.
“The cross came in and the full back missed it,” he continued. “It felt like the ball was in the air for a decade and I managed to keep my eye on it and [it was] pure technique into the top corner.”
Having seen Arsenal only keep two clean sheets in the previous 24 Champions League away games (cheers @Orbinho), Wojciech Szczesny was desperately disappointed to have another stolen from his grasp in the dying seconds by Jordan Ayew’s penalty.
The Gunners have now conceded four penalties in their opening seven games of the season, a state of affairs which the Polish keeper admits is getting annoying.
“The penalties are not making me happy at the moment,” the stopper told Arsenal.com.
“There have been too many of them and they take my clean sheets away but three points are the most important and we got them [on Wednesday].”
Of course, it’s a results game and the Arsenal number one did admit he’s pleased by the momentum picked up by the team since the loss to Villa.
“We’ve won the last six games, four of them away from home. We know the momentum is with us. The games are coming thick and fast because we play in every midweek game so I’m sure we can keep that going, keep the momentum going and keep getting results.
“I think it’s just the desire of the whole team to defend well. We’ve not conceded a lot of goals away from home. We’ve been defending really well and then scoring goals on the counter attack so it’s just consistency of our defensive performances I think.
“When you defend very well for 90 minutes, you are going to get a couple of chances to score on the counter-attack and that’s what we’ve been doing away from home.
“It doesn’t really matter for us who scores first as long as we’re the ones who score more goals at the end of the game. We hope we can keep it going.”13,169 views