Sunday 17 December 2017

Arsenal star Theo Walcott: I'll regain my goalscoring touch

Theo Walcott
Theo Walcott

England striker Theo Walcott is convinced he will rediscover his touch in front of goal as he attempts to help Arsenal mount a bid for honours.

The 26-year-old made his first Premier League start of the season at Newcastle on Saturday, but saw chances go begging as the Gunners battled their way to a 1-0 victory over the 10-man Magpies.

Walcott, whose return from a serious knee injury which sidelined him for almost a year has been carefully managed, passed up two glorious first-half opportunities to open the scoring at St James' Park, including a glaring 32nd-miss.

However, the former Southampton man, preferred in attack to Olivier Giroud, is confident the goals will come.

He said: "I enjoy playing anywhere in the front line and the manager gave me the opportunity today. It's a shame I couldn't help him out there by getting those goals, but they'll come, definitely.

"It was difficult after they went to 10 men, but you need to be able to adapt. But I have been very patient since the knee injury and I just want to play football, that's all I want to do now, play football for this team because I fell like we can go places this year.

"I had opportunities, but I just didn't take them. Like I said before, I would on another day. If I came out and got no chances at all, I would be very disappointed, but it's good that I was in there, and I know I can do better.

"We got the three points and that's the most important thing."

Arsenal had to be patient even after the departure of Newcastle striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, sent off by referee Andre Marriner after catching Francis Coquelin late.

Arsenal, who had dominated the early stages, enjoyed the lion's share of the ball thereafter.

They eventually got the breakthrough when the unfortunate Fabricio Coloccini deflected Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's 52nd-minute shot past Krul and in off the foot of the far post.

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