Arsenal's Theo Walcott eyes trophies after securing coffee machine from wife
Theo Walcott earned himself a coffee machine with his 10th goal of the season in Saturday's win over Stoke, but now he is targeting much bigger prizes with Arsenal.
The England international had a bet with his wife that he would reach double figures before Christmas, with a coffee machine on the line.
His equaliser, also the 100th club goal of his career, cancelled out Charlie Adam's penalty for Stoke before Mesut Ozil and Alex Iwobi completed the 3-1 victory which took the Gunners top of the Premier League on goals scored.
Walcott is already enjoying his best goalscoring term since notching 21 in the 2012/13 campaign and is looking to add silverware to his new kitchen appliance come the end of the campaign.
"Time to get my coffee machine my wife promised me," he said.
"I've got my 10 for the season at the moment - I want to make it much, much more. More importantly, I want this team to win something, but it is all down to hard work.
"I've been working really hard and I think it's just breeding into the whole team and that's what the team is about."
Adam had opened the scoring on his 31st birthday after Granit Xhaka was penalised for fouling Joe Allen, with the Wales midfielder suffering a cut to the head having been caught by a stray elbow.
Arsenal were rattled, especially as boss Arsene Wenger had been forced into a change with Shkodran Mustafi limping off with a hamstring injury which looks set to rule him out until after Christmas.
But his replacement, Hector Bellerin, set up Walcott's leveller with a low cross which the forward tucked away at the near post to send the hosts in level at the interval.
Shortly after the restart they were ahead, when Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's looping cross was expertly headed home by Ozil.
The decisive third goal arrived after Alexis Sanchez burst towards the Stoke box and was upended by Bruno Martins Indi. Referee Lee Mason waved play on, and substitute Iwobi swept the ball home.
Walcott was full of praise for the whole Arsenal squad as they remain unbeaten in the league since their opening-weekend loss to Liverpool.
"It's going well for us at the moment," he told arsenal.com.
"The use of the squad as well - I can't praise enough the amount of players that are ready when they're called upon.
"Obviously like Alex did (on Saturday) - 2-1 is not a nice sort of score at the time but he had a fantastic finish after great work from Alexis."
Defeat for Stoke was just their second in their last 10 league outings, but goalkeeper Lee Grant felt the Potters put in a good showing.
"Three goals maybe flatters them but they are a good side and played well," he told the club's official website.
"We will be disappointed when we look back across the goals but they are a good side and difficult to contain for a 90-minute period.
"We started brightly and we have that quality to hurt teams, even the best teams, and we showed that. It is probably a sign of how far we have come recently."