Theo Walcott vows to get his best form back

Arsenal's Theo Walcott scores their second goal

The Arsenal forward had a tough time of it last season.

Arsenal's Theo Walcott scores their second goal

Theo Walcott has told Arsenal fans via ESPN that they will "definitely" see him back to his best this season.

The 27-year-old endured a horrendous 2015-16 campaign with the Gunners, netting nine times in 47 appearances in all competitions.

Arsenal's Theo Walcott celebrates scoring their second goal

As a result, Walcott, who started last season as Arsenal's first-choice striker, was omitted by then-England boss Roy Hodgson for a Euro 2016 spot.

But the winger-turned-striker has had a full summer under his belt to iron out the creases in his game, and there was an improvement after scoring in Sunday's 3-2 friendly win over Manchester City.

Arsenal's Theo Walcott in action with Sunderland's Lee Cattermole

"It's all down to hard work," he said via ESPN. "I have to work hard in training, make sure I'm at it every day, and be the best on the pitch when I can be.

"That's what I want to do -- I want to get the best out of myself. And I think it will definitely happen this year."

Walcott will be hoping to start in Sunday's visit of Liverpool in the Premier League curtain raiser, though it remains to be seen where.

He has featured up front for Arsenal this season and on the wing, but he himself has revealed that he is happy enough to continue in a wide role if it leads to regular football, with Olivier Giroud considered their best number nine.

Walcott, at his best, is a major asset. The ex-Southampton product netted over 20 times from right midfield in the 2012-13 season, and Arsenal fans will be hoping to see more of that player during the season ahead.

Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez is substituted for Theo Walcott as Joel Campbell and manager Arsene Wenger look on

Register for ARSENAL team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch