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Arsenal can win at Udinese, says Theo Walcott

Arsenal scored a crucial victory in the first leg of their Champions League qualifier last night, beating a plucky Udinese 1-0. However it was a nervy performance in which the Italian side dominated much of the game, and could have picked up a crucial away goal.

Theo Walcott scored the early goal which settled the match, and he is convinced that Arsenal can go to Italy and win. It will be far from easy though, and the constant threat from Antonio Di Natale will be greater on his home turf, but with the pace Arsenal possess on the counter attack – including Walcott – they are definitely a threat to a shaky Udinese defence.

'It was nice to get the goal. I want to get more goals this season,' he said. 'It was a great ball from Aaron Ramsey. Hopefully the boss will play me up front now, I don't know. I could have had a couple more but the keeper made some spectacular saves.

'We're in a great position but it's far from over. We didn't finish it off but we dug in and gave absolutely everything. That's two clean sheets in a row now, and we're capable of winning over there.'

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