Theo Walcott's blistering pace and eye for goal can be a huge weapon for Arsenal this coming season, as they go in search of a first Premier League title since 2004.
Since joining the Gunners from Southampton nine years ago, Walcott has been used primarily on the right winger, however, the England international is prepared to play anywhere across the frontline to help his side next season, as long he has chances in front of goal.
The 26-year-old is in the final year of his contract at the Emirates, as he approaches his testimonial year and will be hoping for an injury free season to ensure he nails down the pay rise he is asking for in a new deal.
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As reported in the Daily Mirror, he said: “I’ll play anywhere, but it’s well documented where I want to play.
“Up front there is a lot of competition, but in the modern-day game the three up front tend to change around a lot.
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“You see it with England, Barcelona and Real Madrid. We have that trust in each other. Everyone can do that role, so it’s not a problem. I’m always going to be judged on goals. I’ve been very happy with my goal record — when given the opportunity.”
Walcott's nine year stint at Arsenal has been ravaged by injury with his only two uninterrupted campaigns coming from 2011-13, where he played 67 league games.
His goalscoring record, when fit, is quite impressive for the North London club, scoring 50 goals in 208 league appearances, however, only 132 of them have been from the start.
Following his return from injury at the back end of last season, Walcott was showing signs of returning to his top form with a hat-trick on the final day against West Brom and the opener during Arsenal's 4-0 demolition of Aston Villa in the FA Cup final.
With players such as Alexis Sanchez, Olivier Giroud , Danny Welbeck and Santi Cazorla all capable of finding the back of the net, the addition of a fully fit Walcott, who scored five goals in four league starts last season would be a welcome addition to Arsenal's frontline.
The former Southampton player has already opened his pre-season account, with the opener during Arsenal's 3-1 win against Everton, in the final of the Barclays Asia Trophy and will be hoping to carry his form into the new season.
Walcott has not set himself any targets for the upcoming campaign, but does have a rough idea of where he needs to be to make the 2015-16 season a successful one.
He said: “I enjoy scoring, I want to score for this club and it’s a nice feeling. I haven’t set a target yet for the season but when you are that winger/striker you need to be on 15s and 20s I think, so the goal in Singapore was a good start.”
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