Theo Walcott recently surpassed 250 Arsenal appearances but admits he would swap them all in return for winning a trophy with the Gunners, the
The England forward reached the landmark earlier in the season in a 1-0 win over Sunderland at the Stadium of Light and as he moves towards a 300th game for the north London club – a figure he hopes to reach next season – Walcott has spoken of his desire to bring a trophy to the Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal have not claimed silverware since the 2005 FA Cup and this season saw their chances end against Bradford City in the League Cup, Blackburn Rovers in the FA Cup and Bayern Munich in the Champions League, with Arsene Wenger’s side failing to put together a challenge for the Premier League title.
Walcott said: “I would personally take all of [my] appearances away to win something at this club. Some people may think I’m mad but I think I’m not selfish. I like to think for the club and the fans.
“Appearances are great but winning things means more. Hopefully next season, when I hopefully reach 300 appearances, there will be a trophy on the end of that. That’s the biggest target.”
Walcott moved to Arsenal from Southampton in January 2006 and recently signed a new long-term deal with the club. The former Southampton player feels that he has matured this season, which, statistically, has been his best under Wenger, and insists he is ready to shoulder the responsibility of delivering at the Emirates Stadium.
“I’ve definitely matured as a player,” Waclott said. “I’ve always been the same sort of person off the pitch. I’ve always got time for people. I think at times, the players might look for something to come from nowhere and at times that’s maybe [up to] me or the likes of Jack [Wilshere].
“This season has been my best goal scoring and assist-making season. I can see why people may think that now. That’s been the biggest step for me.”
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