Theo Walcott is optimistic about the new season, not just for the team but personally as well.
The forward has scored 76 goals in 303 appearances for Arsenal, with long periods spent sidelined due to injury. Last season was no different, and the 26-year-old only managed to net seven goals for the entire season, which, considering this was only in 22 appearances, is still not bad in the slightest.
Walcott has now made the Big 100 his next target, which will obviously means getting 24 goals this season – an entirely possible prospect if he can stay fit. Aaron Ramsey even recently backed him to reach the milestone saying, “He is a goalscorer. He has a load of goals for Arsenal and I think he can carry that on and maybe get into the 100 Club this year.”
“That’s my target, definitely,” Theo said. “It’s nice having somebody who believes in me like that and I believe in it as well. It’s achievable, definitely. I have to look after myself, train well, play well and we’ll see where it takes me. But I’m very confident.”
The pacey winger has an incredible record against West Ham. In fact, in eight appearances against the Hammers, he’s scored five goals and even nicked four assists.
“I am aware of [my record against them],” he said. “But I go into games as a forward wanting to create chances, wanting to help my team-mates and wanting to score goals.
“That’s the most important thing, along with doing your defensive duties. I think if you do that, you should be successful and should win.
He added, “We know we’re going to score goals all the time. It’s just keeping clean sheets, which we’ve been doing very handsomely. That definitely bodes well for the new season ahead.”
As Theo said, if he can go a full season, or at least the majority of the season fit, there’s absolutely no doubt in my mind that he could join the 100 Club along with some of Arsenal’s legends.