Walcott - I wanted to take my chance

14/15: Manchester United 1-1 Arsenal - Theo Walcott

Theo Walcott faced the media after Arsenal’s 1-1 draw against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday. You can read a transcript of his interview below:

on making a big contribution…I’ve been very patient coming back from injury. It always takes time to come back from injury but I know that I’m ready in training, I just need more match minutes. As a substitute, you need to be positive and need to be focused as well because you may get a chance and when you do, you have to take it. It was a great result with us and I’m happy with the goal.

on whether it was his goal…Of course it was. You’ve got to take whatever you can get. It’s an important game and I’m definitely claiming it.

on how important the goal is…When you come to Old Trafford and get a positive result… We know we didn’t play great but we finished very strong which shows how fit we are as a team. Going into the last two games we know we only need one more point. It’s going to hurt United but it feels like a win for us.

on how tough it has been to wait…It’s always tough but I feel like I’m part of the squad. It’s nice to be back amongst the squad. I had a year out and sometimes it takes that long to get back into the team. The manager was patient with me and I’ve been patient with myself as well. I wasn’t putting too much pressure on myself by expecting to be where I was before I got injured. I feel like I’m getting stronger, quicker and there’s a couple more games so hopefully I can stake my claim to play the FA Cup final.

on the cup final…You have to ask the manager about that but hopefully I’ve done enough.

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