Theo Walcott confident that goals will come

Walcott, whose return from a serious knee injury which sidelined him for almost a year has been carefully managed, passed up two glorious first-half opportunities to open the scoring at St James’ Park, including a glaring 32nd-miss with the goal at his mercy.

However, the former Southampton man, who was preferred in attack to Olivier Giroud, is confident the goals will come.

He told Arsenal Player: ‘I enjoy playing anywhere in the front line and the manager gave me the opportunity today. It’s a shame I couldn’t help him out there by getting those goals, but they’ll come, definitely.

‘It was difficult after they went to 10 men, but you need to be able to adapt. But I have been very patient since the knee injury and I just want to play football, that’s all I want to do now, play football for this team because I fell like we can go places this year.

‘I had opportunities, but I just didn’t take them. Like I said before, I would on another day. If I came out and got no chances at all, I would be very disappointed, but it’s good that I was in there, and I know I can do better.’