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Arsenal's Walcott wants to shake-off supersub tag

Arsenal attacker Theo Walcott is desperate not to become a supersub.

"I don't want to be coming off the bench all the time," Walcott told the Arsenal matchday programme. "I want to get in the starting line-up and I know I need to produce what I do when I come off the bench into practise when I start the games. That's my next target.

"At the start of the season, I said I wanted to make 20 or 25 starts, and score 10 goals. At the moment I'm on 16 starts (Walcott was speaking before the weekend match) and five goals, so it looks like I will fall just short of that.

"I thought that was a reasonable target for the season, so I would have liked to have played a bit more than I have, especially lately because I feel I have been playing quite well, but not starting.

"The boss actually spoke to me and he said that my development is going really well at the moment. That's nice to hear. If I keep doing the right things, people will notice even if we don't get the right results."

On his preferred position, the England international added: "I think I am more dangerous as a striker, and the boss sees me as a striker so I don't think I have anything to worry about. I think I will play up front more next season which will be nice but I have to work hard to get in the right positions.

"I've been training and practising a lot at home too, because I have an Astroturf area there now as well so I work on things there and try to take it into training, and then into the games."

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