Theo Walcott hopes he is now on course to get back to his best - both for Arsenal and England.

The 20-year-old made only a fifth Barclays Premier League start of what has been an injury-plagued season so far in the 2-0 win over Sunderland. Walcott looks set to return to the senior national team for the friendly against Egypt next week, having been conspicuous by his absence from the under-21 squad for the European Championship qualifier with Greece.

"This season has been the most frustrating in my football career so far - just on, off, on, off, all the time," said Walcott.

"I don't think people really realise that you can't be at your best just like that - it takes a few games, and in my case, it has been so frustrating getting injured, coming back, approaching full fitness and then picking up another injury.

"I have lost count of the number of times it has happened.

"Now I have managed to get a few games on the trot - and my first priority is to come out of them without injury.

"I am trying to get back to my best. In a couple of games' time, I think I will be up to full fitness and hopefully I can show people I am back."

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