Theo Walcott demands Arsenal improvement to land top four finish
Arsenal FC have a proud recent record when it comes to qualifying for the Champions League, although the Gunners find themselves in sixth place and seven points behind Tottenham as the Premier League season approaches the business end.
January 22nd, 2013
Robin van Persie helped them bridge a sizeable gap between their north London rivals last season and perhaps Theo Walcott will be the Arsenal saviour this time around, with the forward scoring at Stamford Bridge on Sunday and now calling on his team-mates to show more belief.
The Gunners entertain West Ham in another London derby on Wednesday night which gives them a chance to move closer to Tottenham and Everton points-wise, with Walcott demanding his team produce a high quality performance starting in the first minute.
“I think there’s a lack of belief as to how good we can be,” said the 23-year-old. “We’ve got some very, very good players here. I think players don’t believe they are good enough at times. But, trust me, I see them every day in training and they should believe that.
“We’ve got a great bunch here, a great manager and he always puts it upon himself which is hard because we are the players out there every week. We try to win for him: we need to win for him because he’s been very helpful for us young players coming through. We need to start realising how good we are.
“We showed some great stuff in the second half at Chelsea, but it’s time we did that from the start. In that first half we were too slow, too sloppy closing down and we’ve got to show more commitment.
“We gave Chelsea too much space as well. As soon as we pressurised them a bit more, pushed up higher, we caused them problems. The manager said if we got that early goal then it would be different. It wasn’t meant to be, but we gave the manager something to think about and we can’t be slow off the blocks like that again.”