Search

Arsenal’s Theo Walcott: I will be back to my best very soon

PUBLISHED: 13:20 24 November 2013 | UPDATED: 13:31 24 November 2013

Theo Walcott of Arsenal applauds the fans following his team's 2-0 victory over Southampton. Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images

Theo Walcott of Arsenal applauds the fans following his team's 2-0 victory over Southampton. Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images

2013 Getty Images

Theo Walcott has no doubts he can return to form to drive Arsenal on in the Premier League and play himself into the England World Cup squad.

The pacy forward made his first appearance since September when he came on for the final 20 minutes of the 2-0 win over former club Southampton at Emirates Stadium on Saturday, which moved Arsenal four points clear at the top of the table after being gifted an opening goal by a blunder from visiting goalkeeper Artur Boruc.

Since being sidelined by an abdominal problem which required surgery, Walcott has seen the Gunners make positive headlines again and the likes of Tottenham winger Andros Townsend stake a claim for a place in Roy Hodgson’s final 23-man England party for Brazil 2014.

While the 24-year-old admits he was somewhat rusty on his comeback, Walcott has every confidence it will not be long before he is up to full speed once again.

“It is a challenge I can face, I have faced some in my short career so far,” said Walcott, who was a controversial omission from Fabio Capello’s 2010 World Cup squad in South Africa.

“It is nothing new to me, I know how to deal with it all.

“I have some fantastic people around me and know how good I am.

“It will take a couple of games, but I am sure I will be back to my best very soon.”

Walcott continued: “It has been longer than I thought, but it is so good to be back out on the pitch with the guys and playing in such a fantastic team.

“Seeing the way we play football has been fairly pleasant to watch [from the sidelines], but any player who is injured wants to go out there and perform.

“It is frustrating at times, but you have just got to think about getting back fit as soon as you can, and I am happy to be back now.”

Walcott could be drafted into the starting XI for Tuesday night’s Champions League clash against Marseille, where another victory would see Arsenal all but secure safe passage through to the knockout stage.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger feels the England forward will make a major impact when fully match fit.

“Theo looks a bit off the pace of high level competition, but let’s not forget he has been out for seven weeks,” he said.

“Now he needs competition and preparation, and will go from strength to strength.”

Arsenal had twice hit the woodwork before they went ahead on 22 minutes when Saints keeper Boruc was robbed in possession by Olivier Giroud as he tried dragbacks in the penalty area and the France forward ran on to put the ball into an empty net.

Nevertheless, Wenger feels the team worked hard to secure the victory which was confirmed four minutes from time when Giroud scored a second from the penalty spot after a shirt pull by Jose Fonte on Per Mertesacker.

“We have improved in our defensive stability, and the team was highly focused,” said the Arsenal boss.

“We suffered a bit physically, but overall the concentration was there.”

Related articles

Latest East London Sports News

Yesterday, 17:30

Forward hails play-off success against Oxford

Yesterday, 16:00

18-year-old has been rewarded for her outstanding form for Watford Ladies and is overwhelmed to be part of the squad

Yesterday, 15:00

Olympian will fight again on April 15 after KO win in first fight

Yesterday, 14:00

33-year-old auctioned his goal-scoring boots and O’s fan Stuart Minchin won with a bid £300

Yesterday, 12:00

Former Lansbury amateur in super-lightweight ranks

Yesterday, 10:00

O’s manager calls for change at Brisbane Road and wants to create a culture of hard work in E10 if given the chance

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Oxford City Stars 1 London Raiders 7 (Raiders win 11-3 aggregate)

Sunday, March 26, 2017

London Lions 86 Cheshire Phoenix 87

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read sport

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Competitions

Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Docklands and East London Advertiser
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now