Theo Walcott has made it clear he is ready to return to full first-team duties for Arsenal. With the 2014 World Cup squad in mind, the Arsenal star has reassured Gunners and England fans he will be ready to take his opportunity when it comes:

"The first priority is to play well for Arsenal to make sure I am there," said Walcott, who was a controversial omission from Fabio Capello's final squad for the 2010 World Cup, a tactical decision which the Italian coach has since admitted was wrong.

"It is healthy to have competition (for places), we all want to see English players playing really well

"I bounced back from the disappointment of 2010 with a very good season for Arsenal, and then last season I finished as top goalscorer, which was a massive personal achievement."

Walcott has been suffering from an abdominal injury that has kept him from the Gunners starting lineup since September. He has also missed two games in recent weeks through the same illness that prevented Per Mertesacker from playing against Manchester United.

Walcott told Press Association Sport: "After this little knock, I am back to full fitness, so that is not going to affect me at all.

"I just want to remind people what I can do, I am the best judge of what I can do.

"I am the best judge of myself, so I know I will definitely be right back at it very soon."

Arsenal sit top of the table ahead of their match against Everton on Sunday, and the Gunners boss will be hoping they take their chance to stay top of the Premier League. Theo Walcott is expected to return to the starting lineup.

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