Arsenal's Walcott clear of shoulder injury

Arsenal attacker Theo Walcott says he is completely free from the shoulder injury that has plagued him for almost two years.

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"Linvoy Primus fell on me when I was playing for Southampton's reserves against Portsmouth," Walcott told The Sun. "He's a big lad and it really messed up my left shoulder.

"It was a nightmare. For a couple of years after that, the joint kept dislocating. I couldn't hold anyone off and every time I fell over my shoulder would pop out of its socket.

"I couldn't go on like that. I had an operation last summer and I've been working in the gym to strengthen things. And now it's not a problem any more."

Walcott's confidence has been buoyed by Saturday's double, his first league goals for Arsenal since joining from Southampton in 2006.

He added: "The first was particularly satisfying for me. It was a poacher's goal from close range and I don't usually score tap-ins.

"I think it was the first I've ever scored like that but, hopefully, there will be plenty more from now on. I'll take 10 of those a season every time.

"I was pretty pleased with the second goal as well because it was a left-footer. The manager has often said he sees me as a central striker in the long-term and, given the choice, that is where I would play.

"I find it more comfortable to be up front in a free role, allowed to go wherever I want on the pitch.

"But everyone knows I'll play anywhere to help the team - right, left or through the middle."

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