Arsenal striker allays injury fears

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Theo Walcott is confident he will be available for Arsenal's Premier League opener against Aston Villa on Saturday despite picking up a knee injury in England's win over Scotland last night.

Walcott played 75 minutes of England's 3-2 win against their noisy neighbours, picking up a goal in the process. But he was forced off after complaining of a sore knee, which has since swollen.

With the Premier League season just two days away from kick-off there were fears that Arsenal's top scorer would be unavailable for the opener against Paul Lambert's side.

However, the 24-year-old has played down the severity of the injury and is more than confident that he will be fit to start on Saturday afternoon.

He told Sky Sports: "I had to come off with a little bit of a swollen knee so fingers crossed I can rest up and I'll be alright for Saturday. Hopefully, fingers crossed, I'll be alright.

Walcott started to come in to his own last season, picking up 14 goals in the Premier League and 21 in all competitions.

The former-Southampton player says that this season is the biggest of his career so far, for Arsenal and for himself.

Walcott added: "Everyone dreads pre-season so this is the most important time.

"This is a big year for Arsenal and myself."

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