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Arsenal striker feels his efforts are going unnoticed

Walcott still wants to play up front. (©GettyImages)
Walcott still wants to play up front. (©GettyImages).

Arsenal have been linked with many strikers so far this window as they look for someone to truly fill the boots left by Robin van Persie.

However, Theo Walcott fought his case on many occasions last season that he should be the main striker, in a bid to become the new Thierry Henry.

Even now the Englishman feels this way, that upfront is his ultimate goal, and therefore he once again feels overlooked. 

This feeling of being unnoticed is intensified by the fact he was Arsenal's top scorer last season with 21 goals, despite playing less games than Giroud in total, and most games out wide on the right.

Even though his achievement went unnoticed, he is still proud and intends to push on and further his career by scoring and assisting more and helping Arsenal to return to winning ways.

The 23-year-old told the clubs official website: "I was very proud of being top scorer, but it sort of went unnoticed, really.

"I was very proud of myself last season - not just the goals, but the assists and what I contributed to the team itself. That has come from me believing in myself a bit more.

"The season was hard work - everyone knows about the contract situation, and to play with that on your mind is tough, but it was a massive achievement for me to be top scorer for the season for Arsenal.

"The likes of Thierry Henry, Robin van Persie and Dennis Bergkamp have done it, and now I want to push on from that."

"I don't want to stay at a steady level, I want to push on and push the club on so we realise our potential," he added. "Even the seasons before last, I scored quite a few goals and, being out wide, a lot of wide men only tend to get 10 to 15 goals a season.

"I had a few games up front, but most of my goals were from the right. When things are going well, I wouldn't change a thing. If I can contribute anywhere across the front line, then I will take that.

"Even if there wasn't a goalkeeper there [after training] I would put cones out in the goals and practise. The 'keepers would stay behind most of the time and that helped me. I practised on my left and right foot. I wanted to do it - that is my desire to improve."


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