By Giuseppe Muro

Theo Walcott sees himself more as a striker than a winger after showing a lethal touch in front of goal since returning from injury.

Arsène Wenger has continued to deploy the England international in a wide role this season but Walcott has netted three times in three games with counter-attacking bursts through the centre, scoring twice at Newcastle in the Carling Cup and once at Shakhtar in the Champions League.

Though happy to play anywhere, the 21-year-old admits he likes the idea of a more prominent position in the Arsenal attack.

“For me personally, I'm a striker,” he said. “It's nice to get in the goals because I've tended to miss out at times - I'm trying to catch up a bit of time.

“Hopefully in the next couple of years you'll see me up front, I'm looking forward to that.

“I'll play anywhere for Arsenal but it's nice to know the manager has got different hopes for me playing up front.

“I've been practising in training and that seems to be paying off so hopefully I can continue doing that. But I just wanted the team to win against Shakhtar even if I didn't score. It's a nice high for me but it is a negative for the team losing.”

After starting the season in spectacular fashion with a hat-trick against Blackpool and a goal at Blackburn he endured a spell on the sidelines with an ankle problem, much to Walcott’s frustration.

“I've had the six weeks with injury this season and without it  [there] could have been more, potentially,” he said.

“But I'm fit now, I'm ready for Sunday [against Newcastle], I'm happy I'm getting the goals but I want the team to win, that's the most important thing in the end.”

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8 Nov 2010