Theo Walcott is off the mark this season and has revealed that he hopes lasts night effort is the first of many this season.

The Arsenal striker struck a superb volley in The Stade Velodrome to help the Gunners on their way to a 2-1 Champions League victory against Marseille.

It was the perfect start for Arsene Wenger's men as they attempt to negotiate through their 'group of death' which also contains last years runners-up Borussia Dortmund and  the notoriously tough to beat Napoli, now managed by Rafael Benitez.

The signing of the 'assist king' Mesut Ozil at The Emirates means that England striker Walcott is likely to get a lot more chances in front of goal this season.

In Ozil's debut on Saturday, Walcott squandered a whole host of good chances.

Walcott spoke to the official Arsenal website after his goal: "The cross came in and the full back missed it,

"It felt like the ball was in the air for a decade and I managed to keep my eye on it and [it was] pure technique into the top corner.

"It meant a lot getting off the mark [for the season]. Hopefully there are going to be more to come now. I started pretty late last year and I finished as top goalscorer so it's a good sign. I'm pretty sure of that."

Arsenal stretched their unbeaten run in away games to 10 with last nights triumph, something that Walcott believes has helped the Gunners.

"It just shows how consistent we are away from home," he said. "We just need to be a bit more consistent at home now, that's the next big step. If we show that, we can really go far this season. I really believe that.

"That record shows how much hard work everyone has [done] and it's definitely something to be proud of, being part of that. It just shows how special this team is and how gifted these players are. I think we're starting to believe that and you can see that in the performances.

"The likes of Aaron Ramsey has shone in every single game. It's beautiful to play with him. It's fantastic to see him playing very well. He's had a lot of injury problems and I'm so happy for him."

Arsenal return to Premier League action this weekend as they prepare to host a side they traditionally struggle against- Stoke City.

A victory against the Potters could see them leapfrog Liverpool into first place.

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