The English international returned to Premier League action on Saturday when he was introduced for the final 20 minutes in the Gunners 2-0 win over former club Southampton.
The 24 year old admits that he has been somewhat rusty on his comeback, but feels it will not be long before he is up to full speed once again.
According to Sky Sports, he said:
It is a challenge I can face, I have faced some in my short career so far.
It is nothing new to me, I know how to deal with it all. I have some fantastic people around me and know how good I am.
It will take a couple of games, but I am sure I will be back to my best very soon.
The England International has admitted that it had been tough watching from the sidelines but says he is delighted to return to a side at the top of the Premier League table. He added:
It has been longer than I thought, but it is so good to be back out on the pitch with the guys and playing in such a fantastic team.
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Seeing the way we play football has been fairly pleasant to watch, but any player who is injured wants to go out there and perform.
It is frustrating at times, but you have just got to think about getting back fit as soon as you can, and I am happy to be back now.
Walcott was brought on as a substitute on the 70 minute mark but he didn’t see much of the ball after coming on as most of the play was from the Gunners left-hand side. He had a wonderful chance to put Giroud through but rushed his pass. He was a bit rusty which is to be expected after a 2 month layoff and it was a relief to have him back on the pitch.
Walcott’s return will come as a boost for Wenger because as good as Giroud has been, the over reliance on the French striker was taking its toll on him. His return will give the manager a chance to rest Giroud if necessary by playing the Englishman up front and although he didn’t always convince when fielded as a central striker last season, his intelligent movement and smart finishing suggest he may be worth another try in the role.
Giroud will also benefit from Walcott’s wing play as he provides the kind of exemplary service on which the Frenchman thrives. So, with fixtures coming thick and fast in the next 2 months it will be a pleasure for Wenger to have him back.
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