Walcott feels he can cover Van Persie absence at Arsenal

Arsenal youngster Theo Walcott has put his hand up to fill the void left by Robin van Persie in attack. Walcott made his comeback as a substitute in last night's victory over Standard Liege.

Arsenal youngster Theo Walcott has put his hand up to fill the void left by Robin van Persie in attack.

Walcott made his comeback as a substitute in last night's victory over Standard Liege.

He said: “I feel great. I have been training well, the fitness coaches and all the staff have been looking after me very well.

“I would love to play up front, it was my position. I played up front at Southampton but it has been quite a while. I will play anywhere for this team.

“The knee feels fine. I have spoken to a couple of the players who have had similar problems — Cesc Fabregas and Tomas Rosicky — and they said I would feel it for the first initial weeks but I haven't felt the problem.”

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