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Theo - I can't dwell on the past

Theo Walcott

Theo Walcott is determined to put last season behind him and help Arsenal “do things differently” when the new campaign gets underway.

The club's longest-serving player was in and out of the first team in 2015/16 and his target is to rediscover the form that saw him score 21 goals three seasons ago.

“[Last season is] gone and it’s in the past,” said Theo. "I don’t need to worry about this anymore. If we dwell on the past then we’re not going to go anywhere.

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"We’ve obviously got to look forward to the players coming in and we’ve got to do something differently this year. It’s a massive year for the club itself and we know what we need to do.

"Let’s be honest, we didn’t really perform [at our best last season], especially in the final run-in, but we still managed to finish second. We’ve got it in us so we’ve got to make sure that we’re at it every game now.”

Theo returned early for pre-season training and he believes he can earn a starting place in the new season - with a right-sided role at the forefront of his mind.

"I’ve said to the manager that I want to be known for playing on the right again,”he said. "I can play up front, given the opportunity, and the manager says I can play up front, so it depends on which game it is.

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“I know I can do a job up front as well as on the right, but I want to make my position the right-hand side.

"I’ve been here 10 years and there’s always competition, whichever club you’re at. I’ve always managed to get back to where I want to be and I’m sure if I keep my head down and keep working hard, I’ll be back to where I should be.”

 

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