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Arsenal's Walcott lays out targets for this season

Arsenal starlet Theo Walcott admits he wants to prove his value this season.

He told the Mirror: "I set myself a couple of targets for the season. I want to score 10 goals, which will be very difficult - nine more than I got last season! And I want to make at least 25 starts and 10 or 15 assists.

"I am demanding a lot of myself but you've got to set yourself goals. I know about the Premiership now. These are things I feel I can achieve.

"When the boss bought me he said he wanted me to get the ball. I'm going to be putting stuff into my game, more one-twos and things like that, a few more tricks too, although the main thing is to get past people, get crosses in and create goals.

"The boss has said to me he sees me as a striker rather than on the wing, starting wide and getting into striking positions, the same sort of thing as Thierry Henry did. I'm not trying to compare myself with Thierry. That's a lot to live up to."

Walcott insists he made the right decision to choose the Gunners over Tottenham when he was considering his future at Southampton.

"Maybe I could've gone to Tottenham instead and played 30 games but that would have burned me out and led to injuries later.

"When I came I had seven months watching and being around the players. Last season was about pushing on and playing the odd game. Now is the time for me to move on to the next level."

Theo Walcott was speaking in support of Treehouse, the national charity for autism education, which is Arsenal's charity of the season for 2007-08.

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