Walcott has dealt with his fair share of criticism this season but the England international believes Arsenal's 5-2 victory over Tottenham - in which he scored twice - was the turning point. That, according to Walcott, is when his instinct took over.
"You always try but when things aren't going for you in the game you tend to try too hard and nothing goes your way no matter how hard you try," he told Arsenal Player. "A perfect example would be Tottenham in the first half. I was just trying too hard and it wasn't quite happening.
"But then I just tried to forget about that, played as a free spirit in the second half and it happened.
"Football is a weird game; you have your ups and downs and that is the way it works. Nobody goes out there not wanting to play well, you want to put in 100 per cent but if it isn't going for you then it's just not going for you."