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Walcott Wants More Goals

Walcott Wants More Goals

Theo Walcott is aiming to score around 10 goals next season for The Gunners, but stressed that he is no miracle man.

There has been immense pressure on young Theo since his arrival from Southampton in January of last year. The young forward didn't make a single appearance for the Arsenal first team in his first 5 months as an Arsenal player.

His first chance in the Red & White came on the opening day of last season against Aston Villa when he came on to save the day as he set up Gilberto's equalizer.

The pressure is sure to grow even more next season if manager Arsene Wenger decides against signing a high-profile player. The obvious similarities in the way Henry and Walcott play is sure to be a factor in that pressure, but Theo just has his heart set on improving.

'I know I’m quite a high-profile player but I’m just 18, so all I want to do is work hard and try to get more starts for the first team,' he said.

'I want to get 10 goals next season and I would like to make 20 or 25 starts. Basically I want to improve every year.'

It remains to be seen whether Wenger will attempt to use Walcott to partially replace Henry and the goals he brought to the team.

The Arsenal manager has already confirmed that Theo's long-term future will be as a striker, but he was deployed as a winger in the majority of games last season.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Nick Simmonett
Date:Sunday July 1 2007
Time: 5:42PM


I have no doubt that he will achieve his target and school 10 goals next season. He has the pace and the skills all he need is a little experince in going forward.
01/07/2007 17:58:00
10 will do Theo, even if 5 of them are against the Spuds!
01/07/2007 18:02:00
I think 10 is a good target for him. I'm sure he'll start banging them in over the next few Pressure Theo. :-P
01/07/2007 18:28:00
Sorry if this is going in another direction, but I have some issues with that picture. I didn't like the whole TH - Walcott patronizing stuff throughout the season, prior to kickoff one-2-one talks... it all seems so hypocritical from this point of time. I recall Theo's enthusiasm to learn from the best there is when he joined Arsenal. Another one in line of massive (my personal) disappointments in the person that is Thierry Henry. As simmy mentioned, I hope this takes some pressure off the youngster's back as I feel him and a few others were a bit burdened in the last season.
01/07/2007 18:50:00
I don't see that there was anything wrong in that G4L, Henry was doing what captains should - guiding the younger players. One of them, I think Henry, said in an interview that when he took him to one side before games he was just telling him to relax and enjoy the game. I think that's exactly what he should have been doing.
01/07/2007 19:40:00
i was speaking to a southampton fan on friday at the england 2020 match and i asked him about Walcott. He said that this guy was different gravy, top class in all areas and he had no doubt that he'll become a great great player for us..... we havent seen too much of walcott but he's going to be class i think!
01/07/2007 19:44:00
yeah simmy, but every game? Every one that Walcott and Henry started it was like that. And couldn't he have done that in the locker room? It all seems like a bit of showing off now. Maybe I am still bitter and disappointed because of the manner of his departure, but I'm just asking myself a lot of questions about him lately.
01/07/2007 20:04:00
I would not malign what TH has done for us during his time at Arsenal, but his presence has had an adverse effect on the younger players. Now the 'cloud' has gone I would be surprised if we didn't play some excellent football next term, with some more emerging reputations. Can't wait for next season which will get rid of this obsession with bringing in big names. Arsene will do what's right!
01/07/2007 20:07:00
Perhaps there was an element of showing off in what Henry did with Walcott, but I think that it's because that's when the lad is going to be most nervous. Let's not forget that Theo was only 17 at the time that was going on.
01/07/2007 20:14:00
Will he be assured of a regular berth though?
01/07/2007 20:34:00
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