Having put pen-to-paper on a new deal at the Emirates, Theo Walcott has underlined his satisfaction with life at Arsenal by revealing he is enjoying his football so much that he doesn’t want games to end.
Presumably not referencing those games where we’re desperately clinging to a slender lead (or maybe he likes all that last ditch defending guff) the England man also referenced his newfound ability to quickly shrug off mistakes and the importance of not over-thinking in the box as he assessed his improvement since August.
“The big thing this season is that I do not ever want the games to end,” Walcott is quoted as saying by The Mirror.
“I am really enjoying every second, I love performing in front of the crowd, for my team-mates as well, and if I make a mistake I know to forget about it because something else will come up, so I don’t really think about mistakes too much.
“That’s another side of it – not dwelling on something that’s happened previously in the game.
“Also I am not thinking too much in front of goal, I am just doing what comes naturally to me, which is finishing and it is working so far.
“I feel like I can create opportunities, that even if I am not in the game for a while, I would be able to come up with something.”
Joining the club as a teenager in 2006, six months after Patrick Vieira sealed the FA Cup in Cardiff, Walcott has been part of several Arsenal sides that have flirted with success without actually bringing home the bacon.
Insisting that he wants to repay the faith shown in him by Arsene Wenger the 23-year-old underlined his optimism that the Gunners can win not just one trophy in the years to come, but possibly several.
“The boss has always had so much belief in me from a young age, but we haven’t won anything for a long time now, so we want to pay him back by winning something.
“If we don’t perform he always takes it back on himself, but at times it is not fair because we are the players that go out there and do it.
“He definitely let’s us know when we are not performing, though, which is the right way to do it.
“Once the team wins the first trophy, you will start to see us coming back to where we should be.
“When your team is playing well it makes your job easier and when you are winning games it is fantastic to be a part of it. However, it is when things aren’t going too well that you need to stand out and get your team back involved.
“We have got players in the dressing room who can create something out of nothing, and I want to be part of that backbone.”
Arseblog News isn’t going out on a limb by suggesting the interview with Walcott may have been carried out before the games against Blackburn and Bayern Munich. We trust Theo hasn’t changed his mind, after all we’ve still got the fourth placed trophy to chase as well as the Copa del Make Spurs Fans Cry.