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Theo Walcott has emerged as a bonafide creator of chances for Arsenal over the past 12 months, with record-breaking captain Robin Van Persie one of the main beneficiaries of the winger's improved delivery and decision-making in the final third.

The 22-year-old Gunners star played a significant role in the Dutchman's scoring feats in 2011, setting up a sizeable chunk of the striker's 35 Barclays Premier League goals.

Walcott chipped in with eight goals of his own in all competitions, but has set his sights on an even better return in 2012 as he looks to improve other elements of his all-round game.

"I had quite a good scoring year in 2011 with a lot of assists, which I'm happy with," he told Arsenal Player. "This season I think I need to get in among the goals a bit more maybe - I only have four.

"But I'm happy if the team's winning and I'm getting assists for the main man up front. I'm doing my job and you have to be effective going forward. That's what I've been doing so far."

Walcott is also determined to end Arsenal's six-year wait for a trophy, and has set his sights on one of the three prizes still up for grabs for Arsene Wenger's side this campaign.

"I think we've had so much experience of almost getting there - Quarter-Finals, the Final of the Carling Cup for example - and we just want a bit more," he added.

"We obviously want to win the Premier League, we want to win every competition we enter. It's been a long time since we won something and for me personally, I want to win even more now as well.

"Fingers crossed we can all stay fit, which is quite important. In seasons before we've had a lot of injuries that have stuttered us slightly and that doesn't help the team. But it's a squad thing, and the important thing is that we keep a lot of players fit."

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