Arsenal’s Theo Walcott focused on making goals rather than scoring
Arsenal forward Theo Walcott says his main concern is to create opportunities for his team-mates - not to score them himself
Theo Walcott insists he is not concerned about getting on the score-sheet for Arsenal – as long as he is setting up goals for his team-mates.
The 22-year-old Arsenal winger has netted six in 31 appearances for the Gunners this term and has set up 10 of the Gunners’ top-flight goals.
Walcott, who set up three of Arsenal’s goals as they thrashed Blackburn Rovers 7-1 at The Emirates on Saturday, admits creating chances should be his main concern whenever he is deployed on the wing.
“One of my main jobs as a winger is to get assists,” Walcott told Arsenal’s website. “The goals are a secondary thing. Some of them against Blackburn were just tap-ins so it was like a goal really. I hope it made Robin’s job easy.”
The England forward admits it has been a “frustrating” campaign for the Gunners, who find themselves 17 points behind leaders Manchester City and with a fight for a top-four finish on their hands.
“There are so many world-class players in the dressing room, so it is disappointing when we come back from Bolton with a 0-0 draw where we had a lot of chances,” he continued.
“It’s just been one of those frustrating seasons. Hopefully a lot of those frustrations came out against Blackburn where everybody stood up for themselves.
“The boss always takes a lot of stick from everyone criticising him but us players need to look up to him because he’s been taking it all.
“We are the ones who go out there and put out the performances and sometimes they haven’t been good enough.”