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Theo - I never thought I’d get 100

When it came, it was one of the simpler goals for Theo Walcott.

A crisp, first-time finish from close range after good work from Nacho Monreal demonstrated how the one-time wide man has developed into a forward who sniffs out chances inside the penalty area.

It’s taken Theo 370 appearances - many of those as a substitute - to become the 18th Arsenal player to reach a century of goals. And he admits that it wasn’t something he ever considered when he signed for us back in 2006.

“No, not really,” Theo told Arsenal Player. “I always wanted to put my all in, hard work, but never really [expected to] be in that category of 100 goals for Arsenal.

“It’s great. I’m lost for words to be fair because I didn’t really think about it before and it’s just happened. It’ll probably hit me in a few days I’m sure, but I really enjoyed that.

“I’m really proud of that personal achievement of mine. Especially playing out wide, to get that many goals… I don’t want it to stop now. It’s a really good achievement, I’m really happy.

“I couldn’t have done it without the guys as well, past and present, and I can’t thank them enough, all the players I’ve played with up to this point, and this group is brilliant. That’s a special moment for myself personally.”

 

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