Quacking on Yahoo Sports:

Walcott: I'd trade appearances for trophy with Arsenal

Walcott: I'd trade appearances for trophy with Arsenal

View photo

Walcott: I'd trade appearances for trophy with Arsenal
Arsenal forward Theo Walcott has claimed he would happily swap his recent appearance landmark with the club for silverware.

The former Southampton attacker, who signed for the North London side as a 16-year-old in 2006, marked his 250th outing in a Gunners shirt back in February; however, the England international insists he is more concerned with winning trophies than clocking up personal milestones.

“I would personally take all of [my] appearances away to win something at this club,” he told the Arsenal Player. “Some people may think I'm mad, but I think I'm not selfish. I like to think for the club and the fans.

“Appearances are great but winning things means more. Hopefully next season, when I hopefully reach 300 appearances, there will be a trophy on the end of that. That's the biggest target.

“I'm very proud of that [reaching 250 appearances]. I've worked hard through all the lows and the highs. This season especially, there have been a lot of highs. It's a nice positive. I don't want it to stop there.

"I want to continue to play and get back fit soon. It's a fantastic achievement and I'm very happy."

Walcott also expressed his belief that he has developed as a footballer during his seven years at Arsenal.

“I've definitely matured as a player," Walcott said. "I've always been the same sort of person off the pitch. I've always got time for people. I think at times, the players might look for something to come from nowhere and at times that's maybe [up to] me or the likes of Jack [Wilshere].

“This season has been my best goalscoring and assist-making season. I can see why people may think that now. That's been the biggest step for me.

“The assists are something I'm very proud of. A lot of those come from the wing as well. An assist is just as important as getting a goal.”

Follow GOAL.COM on Twitter

Win cash prizes, pick a fantasy roster for just one day, join in minutes!

Learn how to play

Contest Entries Entry Fee Prizes Starts (EDT)
NFL $350K Baller [$50K to 1st] 4497/39773 $10 $350000 Sunday 1:00 PM Enter
NBA $15K Tournament [$2K to 1st] 103/3410 $5 $15000 Tomorrow 7:00 PM Enter
NBA $10K Tournament [$1K to 1st] 8/454 $25 $10000 Tomorrow 7:00 PM Enter
View Comments (-5)