Arsenal star Theo Walcott has insisted he 'fully deserves' an extended run in the Gunners first-team after his goalscoring performance helped secure a point against Schalke last night.

The England international hit Arsenal's opener in Gelsenkirchen - his eighth goal of the season - but the Gunners were eventually pegged back and had to settle for a 2-2 draw against the Bundesliga side.

Still, in Walcott's first Champions League start the England winger felt he did enough to warrant a starting place up front in Arsenal's next match, at home to Fulham in the Premier League.

"I just want to play hopefully now I can get a run in the team because I feel I fully deserve it," said Walcott in the Daily Mirror.

The Arsenal winger has been locked in contract negotiations with the Gunners hierarchy, and when asked if he feels his contract stand-off is limiting his first-team opportunities, Walcott said: "You have to ask the manager that question, I can't answer that."

Despite squandering a two-goal advantage, a point in Germany moves Arsenal closer to qualification for the knock-out round.

The Gunners have matches against Olympiakos and Montpellier still to come, but Walcott is confident Arsenal will progress from Group B.

"We are just trying to win our last couple of games and that is all you can do," Walcott said. "As long as you do that then you have a very good chance of going through."

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