Walcott cites Arsenal’s unbeaten run at the end of last season as evidence, but admits that the Gunners have to buck the recent trend of sluggish starts to the season.
Walcott is quoted as saying by Sky Sport News:
The teams that finished above us have changed their managers, we’ve still got ours.
It’s always going to be tough. Every game in the Premier League is very tough and very interesting. It always comes down to the last few games. So we need to believe in ourselves.
The way we ended the season last year, 11 games undefeated – we need to do it from the start, which I believe we can.
The manager shows so much belief in us in every single game so we need to step up and I think we’ve got a very good chance of challenging this season.
I got 21 goals last season and I want to try and push on from there. I want to try and get to 25. That’s my benchmark but I believe in myself and that’s the main thing.
Time will tell if players come in or not but we just work with the squad we’ve got at the moment. Come the start of the season, there could be changes. We know it’s a very long campaign but we’re all very excited about our prospects.
While I do believe that the current Arsenal squad could challenge for the Premier League title, realistically speaking I would say it is only an outside chance.
Arsenal have started to succeed in offloading some lesser players, but the fact remains to be truly competitive we all know that the squad needs to be strengthened with some top-quality purchases at least in defensive midfield and up front.
So far this transfer window it has been the usual story, all talk and no action. There were promising signs with Higuain, but it appears he has done a U-turn, while the chances of landing Luis Suarez seem a long-shot. Reports surrounding Fellaini have also cooled with Manchester United heavily linked with the Belgian.
This window we know for sure that Wenger has the funds available, but only time will tell whether he will be able to use those funds effectively, if at all. Like Arteta says, it is about time Arsenal splash some cash.
What do you guys think? Will Arsene go big or will it be the same old story? Feel free to leave a comment below!