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Walcott wants to play winger

Theo Walcott wants to play out wide again for Arsenal after spending last season as a striker to get back in contention for an England spot.

Walcott, 27, spent last season as a forward, and often found himself on the bench as the backup to Olivier Giroud. The Stanmore native wants to play on the right wing again and lock up that spot on the teamsheet.

“I want to make my position on the right – that’s where I know where I am now,” Walcott said. “I’ve told the manager that I want to be known for playing on the right again, although I can play up front,” Walcott, who has scored 85 goals in 334 appearances for Arsenal, said.

“I want to know where I want to play. The manager has said I can play up front. It depends on what game it is. I know I can do a job up front as well as on the right.”

Walcott has been capped 43 times by England, but missed out on Euro 2016. He is happy to see Sam Allardyce take over from Roy Hodgson, as he looks to force his way back into the side.

“Sam Allardyce has come in and everyone starts on a clean slate,” Walcott said.

“I’m excited to see what he is going to bring. He gets the best out of his players. He knows how to get results.

“His teams were always difficult to play against. That is what you want going into an England team. You want England to be difficult to break down.

“I’m sure he is going to get results. At times, it is not all about pretty football.”

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