Theo Walcott believes the hunger the players will gain from winning the FA Cup will be essential for the club to push on next season in search of more silverware.
Arsene Wenger’s side have a golden opportunity to end the trophy drought that has extended nine years, and Walcott believes the players must do all they can to lift the trophy not just for themselves and the fans, but the manager that has shown so much faith in the current squad.
The England international is currently sidelined after suffering a serious ACL injury during their FA Cup triumph over rivals Spurs, and is eager to return next campaign and help the club fight for more major honours.
Walcott told Arsenal.com:
I miss everyone as you want to be back on the pitch with your team-mates.
But I think next season will be a massive one for myself and the team.
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If we win the FA Cup, which we have a great chance to do with the way we are playing, the players are going to want more trophies. I think the first one is so important – once you win that, you’ll win more and more. I’m pretty sure of that.
It would be great for the boss to win a trophy again, too. He’s shown so much belief in us throughout the years. If we don’t play well, he always reflects it back on him, even though it’s our job to go out there each week and try to perform.
That just shows how much faith he has in us all and it’s really important to him. The years just before I arrived here were unbelievable and he wants that again.
The job is far from done with Hull City awaiting their historic trip to Wembley and they will throw everything including the kitchen sink at the Gunners. Arsene Wenger’s side have shown they are back in form and have got back into the swing of things, finally playing like they had earlier in the campaign. So they can take plenty of confidence into the cup final once they tie up fourth spot.
Much of their renewed form has to do with the return of Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil who have missed a number of crucial matches this year, especially the Welshman who was our most influential player.
Arsenal’s injury crisis turned their title contending season into a race for the top four once again, and Theo feels the side naturally suffered without some of their star players.
Losing Aaron [Ramsey] and then Mesut [Ozil] and Jack [Wilshere] soon afterwards, the boss admitted it was difficult for us to cope.
The job is far from done, with the match at Wembley set to be a
If you take three main players out of a team, it’s going to affect you.
It was sad for everyone to get injured around the same time but you deal with that as a squad. You want to try and keep your main players fit and sadly we couldn’t.