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Walcott - I’m loving life as a striker

Theo Walcott believes he will become even more effective with every game he plays as a central striker.

The England international has impressed through the middle for Arsene Wenger’s side this season, scoring well-taken goals against Stoke City and Dinamo Zagreb.

Walcott accepts that he still has work to do to adapt to the role, but is pleased with the impact he has made so far.

"At the moment he believes I can do it up front and the more I play up front, the more the players will see the runs I make and what I do on the pitch as well"

Theo Walcott

“The goals are coming, which is great,” he told Arsenal Player. “I have always said to the manager that I can always play in a three-man forward line so it is a good option for him.

“At the moment he believes I can do it up front and the more I play up front, the more the players will see the runs I make and what I do on the pitch as well.

“I will be judged on the [number] of goals I score. You can play the best game in the world but if you don’t score it doesn’t mean anything. But I’m very confident I can do a job up front.

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“Up front you need to do the different side of the game such as holding it up for your team-mates and trying to play people in. The players with a big build like Olivier Giroud do that tremendously well.

“It is something I will definitely learn and get better at but if I can create more space for other players to come into the game, that is important as well. There are loads of different scenarios that can happen up front so I can play in any one of those three.”

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