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The Gunners ace says he’s not worried about the youngster taking his place in the team after his rapid rise to fame in the second-half of the season

Arsenal forward Theo Walcott has welcomed the competition for places at the club and says he’s not feeling under-pressure for his place after the emergence of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Oxlade-Chamberlain joined the Gunners for an initial fee in the region of 12 million pounds from Southampton last summer, five years after Walcott did the same, and comparisons have been made about their styles of play.

Walcott, who is enjoying his best season to date at the Emirates, says he doesn't see the 18-year-old as direct competition for his place in the side.

"Alex is a good lad and we get on very well," Walcott said. "He gets on with his job and he is learning the game. But we are totally different players, to be honest.

"He's told me that he's an attacking midfield player, that he likes to play just behind the striker in that free role. And I can see that because he's very powerful when he gets the ball. It's always great to have competition. You want to play well, you want the team to play well and to have other players around keeps you on your toes.”

Walcott was also keen to praise Gunners captain and Premier League top-scorer Robin Van Persie.

The Dutchman is enjoying his best ever campaign with Arsenal, and Walcott admits that to become as good as the former Feyenoord man, he needs to become more consistent.

"I've had quite a few assists, around 12 or 13, this season," he added. "And I think the players appreciate me more now and the manager as well. But you want to have that consistency. I've had it in patches."

“Robin is absolutely world class. It's nice for him to appreciate me and what I do for him. I look up to him - he's my captain and a good friend. I love playing with him because he makes my job so much easier.”

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