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WALCOTT EYES A PERFECT 10 TO IMPRESS CAPELLO.

Byline: JOHN CROSS

THEO WALCOTT is determined to get on the goal trail - and win back his place for club and country.

Walcott, 20, scored in his first outing of the season for Arsenal on Sunday but his brief super-sub role was not enough to convince Fabio Capello to put him straight back in the England squad.

The winger has set himself a target of scoring 10 goals this season.

Walcott managed six last season for the Gunners but says playing in this Arsenal team will help him hit the goal trail and get back on course for next summer's World Cup.

"I am thinking about trying to get back into the Arsenal starting line up and I am not really thinking about the World Cup at the moment," said Walcott. "It is always great having competition as it brings the best out of you. England has a great squad and it's the same for Arsenal.

"I haven't got a figure in mind of how many goals but I would be happy with 10 goals or more.

We'll see. It's always nice to get on the scoresheet but this is a fantastic team to be involved in. It makes your job easier if you are going back into a flying Arsenal team.

"I think with this formation it gives you more licence to go forward so I should be among the goals a bit more this year.

"We play very attacking with England as well and keep the width with a lot of interchange. The manager likes me to stay on the wing a lot to keep the width. Stevie G (Gerrard) comes in quite a lot.'' Walcott's back injury left him frustrated as Arsene Wenger made him wait for his return to the first team.

"I haven't really had a pre-season so to get back into the routine of things is great. It is always hard to get in an Arsene Wenger team but as long as you train and play well, you will be involved. Hopefully in the next game, I will be a bit more involved."

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Oct 6, 2009
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