By Nick Teale
Theo Walcott is targeting Wednesday night's trip to Olympiacos to make his comeback from a hamstring injury that kept him out of the win against Stoke on Saturday.
A succession of injury problems has meant that the striker has made just four appearances for the Gunners this season but he's hoping that those concerns are now behind him.
"Hopefully I'll get a start [against Olympiacos]," he told Arsenal TV Online.
"[Then I want to] build on from that and get a consistent run of games, that's really important for me at the moment."
The 20-year-old also says that the game is a good opportunity for some of the Gunners' younger players to make an impression, with Arsène Wenger set to deploy a 'Carling Cup' squad in Greece.
"It's always good to qualify for the Champions League early so you can focus on the Premier League," said Walcott.
"It gives opportunities to players who don't get a chance to play as much in these games and it's a great experience for them all."
But while Arsenal are already through to the Knockout Stages as Group H winners, Olympiacos have it all to play for, meaning a tough test for whatever side Wenger fields in Athens.
"They need a point to qualify so I'm sure they'll go all guns blazing," explained Walcott.
"The atmosphere will be a great experience for us all but we've been to some tough places before."

Arsenal TV Online subscribers can watch the interview in full now.

Theo discusses:

  • his potential return from a hamstring injury
  • Arsenal's qualifying for the Champions League knockout stages
  • some clubs' European struggles this season
  • a good test for Arsenal's youngsters
  • Olympiacos' need to get a point
  • the atmosphere in Athens
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8 Dec 2009