By Nick Teale

Tomas Rosicky has advised Theo Walcott not to play football just to answer his critics, instead he should simply enjoy his game.

The 21-year-old scored his first Arsenal hat-trick in Saturday's 6-0 victory over Blackpool. The eye-catching performance was an answer to some of the flak thrown at him in recent seasons but, according to the Czech international, Walcott's thoughts should not be dominated by score-settling.

"I just hope he doesn't play football to answer his critics," said Rosicky. 

"I think the best way is to go out and enjoy his football and this is always what has worked for me and I hope he will be like this as well. 

"I don't think he is playing football to answer some critics. Let's go out and enjoy the game. I think he enjoyed it on Saturday!"

Like Walcott, the Czech international has benefited from a full pre-season but warns that Arsenal must re-focus ahead of the trip to Blackburn, a match he expects to be 'completely different' from the Blackpool game.

"A full pre-season was always what I was missing," he said. "I completed the whole pre-season so I have a good base. I feel well and I hope it will continue like this.

"If you score six goals the confidence is always there. But we go to Blackburn now and last season we lost there so we know it will be a completely different game. 

"But if we want to be title contenders, which I think we are, we have to win there."

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23 Aug 2010