By Nick Teale
Theo Walcott insists Arsenal will not get carried away despite scoring six goals against Blackpool on Saturday.
The striker claimed his first Gunners hat-trick in the match but is keeping himself firmly rooted to the ground. The 21-year-old says the most important thing now is to look ahead to next weekend's early kick-off at Blackburn Rovers.
"We won't get ahead of ourselves with this result," he said after the win over Blackpool.
"Everyone expected us to beat Blackpool, and fair play to them they came and played a bit of football at times and their fans were loud throughout the whole game, just like ours, so I think they'll do OK this season.
"We want to be winning these games and the most important thing is how we react to Blackburn next week, an early kick off.
"They are the games we need to be winning, the games that might have let us down last season so that's where we will show our character."
The striker is also encouraged by the return to match action of Cesc Fabregas, who made his first Arsenal appearance of the season as a second-half substitute on Saturday.
"He is starting to get fit now," said Walcott. "He's looking very good in training. He spots balls that nobody else does and it's nice to see him back out on the pitch and playing well.
"Jack Wilshere did fantastically well [against Blackpool], he had a good pre-season and he spots the ball as well. We have so many fantastic players and as long as we keep them all fit we are going to be very strong.
"The bench we had on Saturday was very strong. Obviously we lost Samir Nasri and Emmanuel Frimpong to injury - he had a very good pre-season.
"The most important thing is no injuries and I think we'll have a good season."