Theo Walcott has reiterated his desire to score more goals, but admits that so long as Arsenal are winning personal targets can continue to take a back seat.
The England winger has been a far more consistent weapon in Arsene Wenger’s armoury this season forging a tremendous partnership with Robin van Persie and consolidating his status as the club’s first choice right winger.
Speaking to the Evening Standard about his form, the 22-year-old explained: “The manager has got a lot of faith in me, doing the jobs forward and back as well.
“Hopefully I’ve got that right balance. I’m getting assists as well, now I need to get some goals in my game but that will come. I’m not too fussed about that, though. As long as the team is winning.”
After a rocky start to the season which saw important squad members depart, a spate of injuries and defeats against Liverpool, Manchester United, Blackburn and Spurs, the Gunners have since been on a nine game unbeaten run in the league stretching back to early October.
Reflecting on the upturn in form Walcott revealed that after a bedding-in period, the new recruits have proved their worth.
“The new players needed time to gel, time to settle and even though some of them played in the Premier League it was always going to take time.
“They had to get used to the way the club runs, we had injuries as well. Things were not going our way. Every team has bad spells, hopefully we’ve had ours and we can learn from it next time.”
One of those new faces, Per Mertesacker, has been a near ever-present since moving from Werder Bremen. An understated performer in the heart of the defence, the German international has asked that supporters hold off on judging his worth until the end of the season. At fault for goals at both Norwich and Blackburn, the lanky stopper insists that he is improving now that he is used to life in England.
“It was quite a short time for me to settle in and make the transfer happen – it was very close to the deadline so it was a tough month for me,” he told Arsenal.com.
“I think in England the best players in the world are here. They have a lot of strength, a lot of speed, it doesn’t compare to the Bundesliga. The technical [ability] is similar but the speed and the physical power is different.
“If you have no pre-season with the team then that makes it more difficult. People think it’s easy to connect with your club, your team-mates, but it takes time.
“It’s getting better and better and hopefully I can keep improving now. Let me play a season and you can get [the full picture] of my personality and my ability as a footballer.”
As the January transfer window approaches more tittle-tattle is doing the rounds. Denilson has confirmed that he would prefer to stay in Brazil rather than return to London (dry your eyes), Wolfsburg’s manager Felix Magath likes the cut of Tomas Rosicky’s gib (but not Hleb’s), while Lukasz Podolski continues to get linked with a move to the Emirates.
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