Theo Walcott says he’s glad to be back on the pitch after making his long waited return from abdominal surgery yesterday against former club Southampton.
The winger came on for the final 20 minutes of Arsenal’s 2-0 win, a result which stretched the Gunners lead at the top of the table to four points, and admits he’s now ready to fight for a regular place for both club and country.
“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,” he told Sky Sports.
“Seeing the way we play football has been fairly pleasant to watch, 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.”
Responding to suggestions he has a tough task working his way back into Roy Hodgson’s starting XI, the 24-year-old made clear he was confident in his own abilities.
“It is a challenge I can face, I have faced some in my short career so far.
“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.”
Meanwhile, Santi Cazorla has turned his attention to Tuesday’s game against Marseille stressing that just because the French side have nothing to play for it won’t be a case of just turning up and taking the points.
Aware that Arsenal’s chances of progression still hang in the balance despite the win over Borussia Dortmund earlier in the month, the Spaniard told Arsenal Player:
“There is nothing at stake for Marseille because they have zero points but they are going to make things difficult for us. It may be tough and if we’re not careful we might slip [up] and then we might not be able to get through to the next round.
“We need to understand that it’s a vital match. If we get the right result we can automatically go to the next round. If we obtained a bad result then it would make things very complicated for us to go to Napoli and win there.”