Walcott: Top four more important than personal targets

The 24-year-old was over the moon to hit the 20-goal mark but insists that helping Arsenal to Champions League qualification is the most important objective this season
Arsenal forward Theo Walcott says that a spot in the Premier League top four is more important than reaching personal targets.

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The England international took his goal tally for the season to 20 n in the 1-0 win over QPR on Saturday and is delighted to have reached such an impressive landmark but the former Southampton star says that the good of the team always comes before the good of the player.

He told the club's official website: "[Twenty goals] was my target for the season. I said a few weeks back that I was short on goals but I wanted the team to be where we should be rather than [reaching] my personal goals.

"I really want us to get Champions League football because we deserve it. We have been up and down this season, and so have a lot of clubs, but we are getting the points on the board now when it matters.

"Every game this season is very difficult - for example, Tottenham only scored their winner in the last five minutes [against Southampton].

"Every game is tight and everyone is fighting for their lives. We know teams will have to come at us but we have great strength on the counterattack and hopefully we can utilise that."