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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.

"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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