Theo Walcott says the current Arsenal squad will challenge for honours
By Georgie Hodge
Theo Walcott believes the current Arsenal crop can bring an end to the club's eight-year trophy drought.
The England winger has been in fine form for club and country so far this term, and played a pivotal role in Arsenal’s record-breaking Champions League win in Marseille on Wednesday.
He said: "It’s 10 successive wins away from home, someone told me in the dressing room. It's a record. I didn't know that until after the game.
"To be part of a team that has done that, in the amount of years that Arsenal have existed, is a great honour and a great achievement for everyone.
"It just shows how good and how talented these players are.”
After recovering from their surprise opening day defeat at home to Aston Villa, the Gunners have bounced back and recorded five straight victories, with Walcott starting each game.
The positive turnaround has fuelled the 24-year-old’s belief that the years of disappointment might be coming to end.
He added: “I think we’ll push on and we can definitely challenge this year, for sure.”
"We haven't got the biggest squad in the world and we've got a lot of injuries, which doesn't help, but the players that are playing and contributing and the players that aren't playing as well, it's important that everyone is focused.
"As soon as the players come back there is going to be more competition for places as well. That's only going to be a good thing for Arsenal."
Walcott faces a busy period over the coming weeks, with Premier League matches against Stoke and Swansea in September, as well as a third round Capital One Cup tie against West Bromwich Albion.
There is no let-up in October, in addition to England’s make or break Wembley double header against Montenegro and Poland, Walcott will be involved in back-to-back home clashes against Napoli and Dortmund in the Champions League.
However, despite his confident assessment of his recent form, Walcott also urged caution ahead of the coming weeks, insisting it was important he focuses on one game at a time.
"There is so much belief in this team at the moment and I think it's showing” he added.
"We don't want to look too far ahead.”