28-year-old Arsenal attacker delivers scathing put-down to his critics
By Aramide Oladipo
Arsenal forward Theo Walcott has delivered a scathing verdict towards his critics – and those of the club.
Walcott was given the captain’s armband in Arsenal’s 3-0 win in the London derby against West Ham at the Emirates on Wednesday night.
The Englishman scored Arsenal’s second goal of the evening and he bagged his 10th Premier League goal of the season.
Speaking after the midweek game in the Telegraph, Walcott was adamant that he wasn’t concerned about what the critics had to say about him.
“I haven’t heard anything. Criticism, I don’t even bother looking at. I only listen to people I want to listen to. Who are those people?” he said.
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Walcott concluded: “The manager and people at this club are the best people to listen to. And the players. That is all I care about at this moment in time. I don’t mind people talking; they can talk and it doesn’t bother me at all.”
Last month, Arsenal lost three of their four matches in all competitions and their sole victory came against non-league Lincoln City in the FA Cup.
As a result of poor results and a dip in form, Walcott was left out of Gareth Southgate’s England squad to face Lithuania in the World Cup qualifier at Wembley.
Gary Neville expressed his disappointment at Walcott’s attitude and performance against Manchester City in the 2-2 draw at the Emirates last weekend.
Despite recent criticism, Walcott has enjoyed an impressive season – he has scored 19 goals in all competitions and four times in his last five appearances for the club.
The 28-year-old will be looking to extend this great run of form on Monday night as Arsenal travel to Selhurst Park to face London rivals Crystal Palace.
In other Arsenal news, Ian Wright delivers verdict on 28-year-old midfielder after Arsenal beat West Ham.