Arsenal hat-trick hero Walcott: I want to prove people wrong

Arsenal winger Theo Walcott knows he faces a big season ahead personally.

The 21-year-old was a controversial omission from Fabio Capello's ill-fated World Cup squad, only to be welcomed back into the England fold following the dismal display in South Africa.

Walcott produced a stunning individual display with a hat-trick as Barclays Premier League new-boys Blackpool were ripped apart 6-0 at Emirates Stadium.

"This is the season where I have to push on, so hopefully I will get more opportunities to play," Walcott told BBC Sport.

"I am 21 and should be playing games every week now.

"I have had a lot of criticism, but I can take that. It has been very good criticism at times, because it has been an extra boost for me."

Walcott continued: "Last season I was unlucky with the injuries, but I had a good break during the summer, and just want to show people what I can do, prove a few people wrong, to play well for Arsenal and England.

"That is all I can do, I will keep my feet on the ground as I always do and look forward to every single game."

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