Theo Walcott frustrated with substitute role at Arsenal

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Theo Walcott has admitted that he has been left frustrated with his role as an Arsenal substitute and hinted his contract talks with the club have made little progress.

The forward came off the bench to provide the equaliser against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday with his cross deflecting off Tyler Blackett into the goal.

But it was one of very few occasions when Walcott has been labelled the hero in what has been a frustrating campaign.

Having suffered a serious knee injury in January 2014, Walcott didn't start a Premier League game until January and has only made two more starts since then.

Now 26-years-old, Walcott has admitted he is keen to play more football, leaving talks over extending his contract in some doubt.

His current deal, worth £100,000-a-week, runs out in 2016 and the England international admitted that there was no updated available.

"I can't give you an update on the contract situation"


"Of course [it's been frustrating]," Walcott told reporters. "Any player wants to play. I want to play. I have been out for a long time.

"The manager was patient, I have been patient myself. I haven't expected to be where I was before I got injured.

"But when given the opportunity, I need to be ready and focused at all times because it is not just about the starting line-up, it is about the whole squad.

"It worked for me yesterday -- it was a bit of a break and I am very happy. I have been training very well and that's the best I can do to impress the manager.

"I can't give you an update on the contract situation," he added. "I just want to continue playing my football and we will see where it takes me at the end of the season."

Bellerin's exit

While Walcott has had a frustrating campaign, one of his Arsenal team-mates has had unexpected success. Hector Bellerin was an Under-21 player at the start of the season and looked to have little or no future at the club after Arsene Wenger bought Mathieu Debuchy and Calum Chambers.

Bellerin admits the arrival of the two right-backs left him very close to an exit from the club, but he now admits that he is happy at the club and ready to compete with Debuchy for a place in the starting XI.

Click here to read his quotes!

Arsenal fans taking the mick

Arsenal fans were in jubilant mood against Manchester United after they avoided defeat to all but seal a third place finish in the Premier League.

While still 1-0 down, the travelling support decided to stick it to their ultimate rivals by reminding them of David de Gea's uncertain future.

The video is great.

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