The Gunners' winger scored again in the 2-2 draw with Schalke, and could have won it at the death, but insists that a consistent slot in the side is what he is owedTheo Walcott insists he "fully deserves" a place in Arsenal's first team after scoring in Tuesday's 2-2 draw against Schalke that keeps the Gunners in second place in their Champions League group.
Walcott has been in great form since his return from injury, scoring a hat-trick in the north Londoners' 7-5 win over Reading, and has made it known in the past that he wants to be considered as a central striker, with Arsene Wenger intimating that he would get his chance.
However, with his contract running out at the end of the season and talks stalling over a new deal, Walcott has found himself restricted to starting from the bench for the majority of the campaign - but he says he just wants to get on the pitch and help the team try to win the Premier League.
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When pressed on whether his contract situation had anything to do with his diminished role this year, he replied: "You have to ask the manager that question to be honest, I can't answer that."
Walcott had a chance to win the match for the Gunners in injury time, but couldn't quite get the ball under control, but said that he was happy with a point nonetheless.
"I did all I could to be honest," he added. "The ball got stuck between my feet and I couldn't get it out. It's just one of those things, it's a good point in the end.
"It would've been a fantastic victory, Schalke dominated the second half to be honest, but defensively we were quite strong. At the start of the game we would have been happy with a point.
"We'll just try and win our last two games, that's all you can do. As long as we do that we'll get into the next [round] and that's the main [thing]."
Mikel Arteta also reflected on the draw after the Gunners were pegged back from two goals up, stating that while he would have been happy with a draw ahead of the game, losing a two-goal advantage left him less than satisfied.
"Considering that we were 2-0 down, it can't be good for us," he said. "We had the last chance with Theo as well just before the end. We were unlucky to concede the first goal a minute before half-time. But before the game, a draw here? I don't know, it's not an easy place to come.
"[Huntelaar's goal before half-time] was [a hammer blow] because it's a completely different game. I think they have to start coming up earlier in the game and we could have started breaking in the second half, but as I said, that happened, it was another little mistake, but we'll take the point.
"It was tough, to be honest. They put a lot of pressure on us and we played a bit deep in the second half and we were really struggling. When we were on the break we had some chances to score, and we got a draw."