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The England international feels extremely confident in front of goal, while defender Thomas Vermaelen insists that there is no mental weakness in the Gunners' team

Arsenal winger Theo Walcott feels that he has been "deadly" in front of goal this season following his strike against Everton in the 1-1 draw at Goodison Park on Wednesday.

The England international has scored 10 goals for Gunners this season in all competitions, including a hat-trick against Reading in the Capital One Cup, and argues that he now has the confidence to take any chances that come his way.

He told the club's official website: "Those are the sort of positions that this season and in the last few seasons I have been quite deadly in.

"When given a little sniff I am able to take it now. My general play is getting better as well. The assists are coming now, which is fantastic, and I am enjoying my football.

"I think I scored 11 last season and 13 the year before. Not just that, but my general play [is getting better] as well. The assists are coming now, which is fantastic, and I am enjoying my football.

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"I am very happy with the way I have started and it has got to continue. Hopefully I will take it into Saturday's game [against Swansea City]."

Meanwhile, Thomas Vermaelen insists that there is no mental weakness in the Arsenal team but admits that they need to do better when closing out games after seeing Everton draw level.

He added: "Mentality-wise, there is nothing wrong with the team. Everybody works hard and there is no-one who doesn't work for the team and that will give you results, from that point of view I am very happy.

"In the first minute [against Everton] we scored a good goal and after that we dominated but gave them chances because we were a little bit sloppy with the ball, so that was a bit disappointing."

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