The England attacker is famed for inconsistent form, and was the subject of abuse at the Emirates Stadium during February’s north London derby against Tottenham.
Despite having a poor first half, Walcott scored twice in the second 45 minutes, which he feels has been a catalyst for improved showings.
“The fans want the best for you because they know you can do better – and I knew I could do better,” he admitted to Mirror Football.
“But I could hear it from the stands. You’ve got to deal with it and the great thing about the manager is that he got me back out in the second half.
“He didn’t point a finger at me at half-time. And I just told myself: ‘Let’s just go through it, second half’. Because you always talk to yourself during a game.
“Look, you’re always going to hear something. But I didn’t stop doing anything. I was still trying. And when you do that, you might try too hard. I wasn’t trying to hide in that first half, though. It’s just that things were not happening for me,” he concluded.
By Gareth McKnight