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Friday 9 December 2016

Arsenal star Theo Walcott wants forward role

Theo Walcott of Arsenal celebrates scoring the opening goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Stoke City at the Emirates Stadium
Theo Walcott of Arsenal celebrates scoring the opening goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Stoke City at the Emirates Stadium

Theo Walcott knows he and Arsenal need to be more clinical after their 2-0 win over Stoke.

The England forward started up front and missed a number of chances before netting the opening goal to reward manager Arsene Wenger's faith.

"I was pleased with that goal," Walcott said.

"Luckily I managed to grab one out of my many chances. I was disappointed because I should have got many, many more, but I'm getting the chances so I'm happy with that."

It was arguably Walcott's most difficult chance that he scored after he missed the target from close range twice previously.

Wenger suggested Walcott and Olivier Giroud, who came on to score the second, will be rotated in the coming days, with Dinamo Zagreb and Chelsea the opposition this week.

Walcott added: "I've said to the manager that I'd like to play up front. I can play in any of those three positions up front."

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