Arsenal forward Theo Walcott has offered a slight hint that he’s set to stay after looking ahead to a sustained title challenge with us next season, he told The Evening Standard.
Walcott sounded determined to end his league drought with us and constantly referred to the team as ‘we’ when looking ahead to what needs to be done in order for us to challenge current champions Chelsea next term.
The 26-year-old is out of contract at the end of next season and there seems to be no movement regarding an extension, however his latest tone doesn’t resemble that of a player imminently departing our club.
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“Third place is a step forward from where we finished last year,” Walcott examined.
“But we want to – and need to – be pushing on now and trying to challenge for the title.
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“Looking at the squad, the manager has an absolute headache to try and pick his best team and we want that going into next season.
“We are looking very strong and you never know, he might add a few extra players but we need to be pushing for the Premier League now. There is no excuse.”
Every Arsenal fan must agree with the forward with the club seriously in danger of accepting a place in the Champions League every season.
The finances the club, and fans, have spent suggests that being No.1 is now the aim but that must also translate throughout the year, especially in our actions during the summer.
Top clubs never ‘want’ to win league titles, they have to. It’s time for the club to adopt that mindset and label anything other than 1st place as a failure.