The Emirates Stadium is a happier place after Wednesday’s 3-0 victory over West Ham which saw Walcott add to Mesut Ozil’s opener and Olivier Giroud complete the scoring.
That revived hopes of a top-four finish and a Champions League return but Arsenal is still a club deeply divided over the future of manager Arsene Wenger, at least as far as the supporters are concerned.
Aeroplanes with banners flying over during matches, fans protesting outside the stadium and training ground, and criticism of players who surrendered meekly in the Champions League have all been a staple of recent weeks.
Yet Walcott, captain for the night against the Hammers, insisted none of it had come up on his personal radar.
Theo Walcott insists he doesn't pay attention to negative comments
Arsenal fans have protested inside and outside of the stadium
“I haven’t heard anything,” he said. “Criticism? I don’t even bother looking at. I only listen to people I want to listen to. Who are those people?
“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.”
Arsenal are now four points behind Manchester City, who lost at Chelsea, in fourth place, and have a game in hand. Liverpool, who drew at home to Bournemouth, are six points ahead but have played two games more.
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“You can’t look too much at other teams,” Walcott added. “There are going to be lots of ups and downs and it is going to change, I’m pretty sure. It is exciting for you guys but not so much for us.
“As players, we are just thinking about the next game. We have been in this situation before, probably not as bad. It’s the Premier League and that’s why it’s the best league in the world.
“No one expected Liverpool to draw – that is the way it is and that is why we love and enjoy playing in this league.”
There is still uncertainty surrounding the future of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez
Ozil’s goal was his first of 2017 and Wenger said he felt the German’s confidence had been hit hard by Arsenal’s 10-goal capitulation to Bayern Munich in the Champions League.
“I wouldn’t say it was just the goal for Mesut against West Ham, you could see it was slowly starting to come for him,” Walcott said.
“Goals always breed confidence in players but Mesut is a fantastic player. He has played for Real Madrid, he’s a World Cup winner and he’s been through a lot of ups and downs, so there is nothing he can’t come back from.
“He has put his head down, worked hard in training and the rewards showed against West Ham.”