Theo Walcott says hitting 100 goals in Arsenal colours is well within his reach having committed his long-term future to the club.
The England attacker, who currently has 76 goals to his name since moving to N5 in 2006, has been backed to hit the target by team mate Aaron Ramsey and it’s an optimism he shares.
“That’s my target, definitely,” the 26-year-old told Arsenal Player. “It’s nice having somebody who believes in me like that and I believe in it as well.
“It’s achievable, definitely. I have to look after myself, train well, play well and we’ll see where it takes me. But I’m very confident.”
Walcott would be the fourth Gunner to pass 100 goals during Arsene Wenger’s 19-year tenure; a feat that would see him follow in the footsteps of Dennis Bergkamp, Robin van Persie and Thierry Henry. Ian Wright, who scored the last of his 185 goals for Arsenal in January 1998, had previously hit the milestone under George Graham.
In total 17 players have scored a century since the club were founded in 1886. Apropos of nothing, unless Walcott nets 24 goals in the next four games (he’s made 303 appearances so far) he’ll hit his century slower than the other names on the esteemed list.
Given his age and potential there’s a real chance Theo could make the club’s top ten scorers list in the next couple of years. He’ll no doubt be looking to get off the mark against West Ham on Sunday, the team he’s scored against more than any other.