By Joe Brewin
Theo Walcott would love to get on the scoresheet more - but the forward knows he must excel in supplying chances for others.
The England international has already laid on seven direct assists in the Premier League alone this season, proving particularly fruitful in Robin van Persie’s prolific year.
And the 22-year-old is happy to continue providing the ammunition if it means the points go Arsenal’s way.
“One of my main jobs as a winger is to get assists,” said Walcott. “The goals are a secondary thing.
“Some of them against Blackburn were just tap-ins so it was like a goal really. I hope it made Robin's job easy.”
Arsenal ended a run of four league matches without victory with Saturday’s emphatic 7-1 victory over Blackburn at Emirates Stadium.
Walcott admits he has been as frustrated as anybody else over this period and believes the players are the only ones who can improve fortunes.
“There are so many world-class players in the dressing room, so it is disappointing when we come back from Bolton with a 0-0 draw where we had a lot of chances,” he said.
“It's just been one of those frustrating seasons. Hopefully a lot of those frustrations came out against Blackburn where everybody stood up for themselves.
“The boss always takes a lot of stick from everyone criticising him but us players need to look up to him because he's been taking it all.
“We are the ones who go out there and put out the performances and sometimes they haven't been good enough.”Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 7 Feb 2012