Walcott looking for Wolves redemption

The Gunners missed the opportunity to close the gap on Premier

League leaders Chelsea on Sunday as they lost 1-0 against the

Magpies, with Andy Carroll’s late first-half header proving

decisive. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger lamented his side’s

inability to break down the resolute visitors, despite twice

hitting the woodwork and also seeing keeper Tim Krul make a fine

save from Samir Nasri. However, the Gunners boss has challenged his

side to show strength of character to get their title bid back on

track with a positive result at Molineux. And Walcott believes

having another match so quickly could prove the perfect tonic as

Arsenal look to avoid a third straight defeat. Speaking at the

official re-opening of the flagship NikeTown store on Oxford Circus

in central London, Walcott said: “Football is a great game, you

have ups and downs, with clubs like us slipping up yesterday.

“However, there are plenty of teams in it still, but we are not

going to look too far ahead. “We just want to concentrate on every

single game, and take a step when we can. “It is in the past now,

we lost, but the great thing about football is there is another

game around the corner, we have got a game on Wednesday and we can

amend the disappointment which we had yesterday.” Walcott has

looked sharp since his return to action after suffering ankle

ligament damage when on England duty against Switzerland in

September. The 21-year-old netted a fine breakaway goal in the

Champions League defeat at Shakhtar Donetsk and was unfortunate not

to add to his tally of seven against Newcastle when an angled drive

came back off the underside of the crossbar. Walcott has been

tipped by Wenger to eventually follow in the footsteps of Arsenal

legend Thierry Henry and make the transition from wideman to

central striker. Chelsea frontman Didier Drogba was also at today’s

event, and England international Walcott revealed he looked to all

players to see how he can improve his own game. “It is not about

just watching your own team-mates, but it is picking bits out of

other people’s games, like Didier – he is one of the top

goalscorers I have ever seen,” Walcott said. “For me, he is a

fantastic player and hopefully one day I can be up there and score

as many goals as him.” Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas has been

struggling with a hamstring problem which saw him miss the trip to

Ukraine last week and Wenger felt restricted his talisman against

Newcastle. The Spain World Cup winner, another Premier League

player to attend the launch, revealed a determination to maintain

his high standards. “You have to work hard, where I come from [in

Spain], it all started playing in the street with my friends, with

my family, having the passion to become a football player and

obviously when you have the opportunity, you have to take it, work

hard and have a bit of luck as well,” he said. “You need a bit of

everything, talent, luck, ambition, discipline – with all these

combinations you can become a football player at the top level.

“The most difficult thing is to maintain it, and that is what I am

trying to do at the moment.”