Theo Walcott
Walcott is close to return to action.Reuters

Theo Walcott is confident Mesut Ozil will thrive at Arsenal this season as the "pacy" summer arrivals can help him revive his Real Madrid form.

The Gunners have bolstered their attack this summer with a string of fast players, such as Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck – augmenting a team which already included several flyers in Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Joel Campbell and Walcott himself.

The English international, who is close to returning from a long-term injury, believes the sheer amount of pace in the current squad will enable to Ozil to emulate his golden period at the Santiago Bernabeu.

"When [Ozil] was at Real Madrid and he had Di Maria, Ronaldo and Benzema, three very pacy guys, the number of assists he got was absolutely key," Walcott told Arsenal's official website.

"It's a massive season for him personally and I think the likes of us guys will help him tremendously."

Arsenal had a number of prolific assist-makers last season in Ozil, Aaron Ramsey, Thomas Rosicky and Santi Cazorla, but Walcott believes they missed fast players up front to capitalise on the craft behind.

"There's a lot of pacy guys in this team now and we're thinking that's what we might have lacked last year, especially when I got injured - there weren't as many players to get in behind [defences]. Defenders then double up on you, which creates space for other people.

"You have us bombing on and then you have the likes of Aaron, Jack, Mesut and Rosicky, who can all spot a pass, so that's only going to help the team. We'll be very dangerous on the counter-attack."

Nevertheless, the Gunners just scored 68 goals last season, 34 four less than Premier League champions Manchester City.

"It's very exciting for Arsenal fans to see. I think it will maybe bring back the years where we were so successful. It's all about pace now and that's what you need in a team and we have bags and bags of that."