Theo Walcott has once again indicated how Arsenal's fans treated him badly before he committed his future to the club. The 24-year-old English International says he has learned from the experience and become a better player and person. He says the process helped him mature and he is hoping to start winning trophies with Arsenal as soon as possible.
In an interview with The Times, Walcott said: "Last year against Tottenham in the first half, I got a lot of abuse from the fans, which wasn't fair.
"I'm sure they would be nice to my face. People always are nice when they meet you."
"It's only on message boards or Twitter and stuff - or when it's in a crowd - that it turns nasty, and that's why I avoid all that stuff."
Walcott was in doubt over his future at Arsenal but eventually signed a new £100,000-a-week deal four months ago which ended rumours of him leaving the Gunners.
"I always said I wanted to stay," he insisted.
"I knew what I owed to Arsenal and to the manager, getting my when I was 16. I did want to repay the club."
"I think because we've had the experience of doing it at the death and Tottenham have a history of fasing out, we have the upper-hand, definitely the experience of coping.
"Losing at their place was obviously a blow, but we've bounced back from that."
"I wanted to stay because I still think this club can go on to achieve something. It's 'when' and not 'if' we can win something."
"I haven't believed how good I am. People around me, my agent, my dad say that to me sometimes."
Walcott's form has been somewhat mixed lately but the winger is confident he will get back on track soon and start scoring goals again.