Walcott wants Arsenal to be challenging for title

Theo Walcott has spoken of his desire to help Arsenal end their eight-year trophy abstinence and earn his first piece of silverware at the club, reports The Mirror.

The 24-year-old joined the north Londoners in 2006 from Southampton, and his stint at the club has coincided incredibly with the Gunners’ failure to capture any silverware – and that is something that the England international wants to put right next season.

He claims it is no longer good enough for Arsenal to merely be challenging for a Champions League spot, but that they should be challenging the likes of Man United, Man City and Chelsea in the championship chase.

He said: “I’ve not won a trophy at Arsenal. Thanks for reminding me. That’s one of the main reasons I want to win something at this club. We shouldn’t be just challenging for a Champions League spot, we should be challenging for the title. With the squad we have, the players coming in, lots of clubs changing manager – who knows what will happen? We’ll see.

“We showed last season than we can be consistent and our form table at the end was right at the top. That’s why it can be quite frustrating. But we work on the positives because we have so much experience and great players in this team. Who knows who will come in, but we’ll work on the squad we’ve got at this moment and I think we have a very strong squad. We have some great players and I always look forward to coming back to work.

“I want to repay the manager for the belief he has and the faith he shows when he brings in players at such a young age. He puts young players in there and just says: ‘go and do your thing.’ He’s given me the chance to go from playing in the Championship to playing in the World Cup so he’s been very good for me.”

Arsenal have been linked with a host of new signings this summer as boss Arsene Wenger wants to bolster his squad, and midfielder Mikel Arteta recently spoke about how excited he is at some of the names being linked with moves to the Emirates.

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