Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky believes Theo Walcott is a huge boost to Arsenal’s title hopes because of his goalscoring ability.

England winger Walcott joined Arsenal from Southampton in 2006, aged just 16, and has never gone a season for the Gunners without finding the back of the net. Since joining Arsenal, Walcott has scored 68 goals, with his record 21 goal tally last season helping to fill the void left by striker Robin van Persie.

Speaking to Arsenal Player, Rosicky says Walcott’s finishing ability was evident from an early age:

“The goalscoring threat is the main thing with Theo,” he told Arsenal Player. “You can see he is a very good finisher. Since I joined Arsenal - Theo came six months earlier than me - I've seen him grow from let's say the kid when he arrived.

“You could see that he would be good finisher [then], which is what he's showing now. He's a real threat in the box, he's got an eye for the goal so it's very good to have him back because you never have enough guys like that.”

Walcott scored twice in Arsenal’s 3-1 win over West Ham on Boxing Day, with the other goal coming from German Lukas Podolski, who was making his return from a lengthy spell on the sidelines. Rosicky was quick to compare the two goalscorers’ finishing abilities:

“The same [finishing ability] counts now for Podolski who is different type of player but he's got the nose for goal. Guys like that, with a smell for a goal, you can never have enough players like that so it's very good to have him back and for the boss to have another option to the attack. That's very positive.”

Arsenal travel to Newcastle on Sunday, with the Gunner top of the Premier League. A win at St. James’s Park would see Arsenal top of the Premier League at the halfway mark of the season, continuing into the New Year in first position.

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