Last Updated: Sun, 24 Nov 2013 14:21
Theo Walcott is aiming to return to form to drive Arsenal on in the Premier League and play himself into the England World Cup squad.
The pacy forward made his first appearance since September when he came on for the final 20 minutes of the 2-0 win over former club Southampton at Emirates Stadium on Saturday, which moved Arsenal four points clear at the top of the table after being gifted an opening goal by a blunder from visiting goalkeeper Artur Boruc.
Since being sidelined by an abdominal problem which required surgery, Walcott has seen the Gunners make positive headlines again and the likes of Tottenham winger Andros Townsend stake a claim for a place in Roy Hodgson's final 23-man England party for Brazil 2014.
While the 24-year-old admits he was somewhat rusty on his comeback, Walcott has every confidence it will not be long before he is up to full speed once again.
"It is a challenge I can face, I have faced some in my short career so far," said Walcott, who was a controversial omission from Fabio Capello's 2010 World Cup squad in South Africa.
"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."
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