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Walcott confident ahead of Dortmund clash

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Arsenal winger Theo Walcott is confident the Gunners can make it nine games unbeaten when they go up against Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday.

The North London side have hit a rich vein of form after their appalling start to the season, and after their 2-1 win over Norwich on Saturday are now eight games without tasting defeat.

Club captain Robin Van Persie has led the Gunners' fightback, finding the net twice against Norwich to take his tally for the season to 13.

A win over their Bundesliga opponents at the Emirates Stadium would secure Arsenal's path to the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League, and Walcott, whose own form has also been central to his side's resurgence, believes his side are playing "beautifully" at the moment.

"We are playing beautiful football at this moment in time," he told reporters. "Robin up front makes our jobs so much easier. He’s one of the best strikers in the world right now. We can keep on winning."

Arsenal sit atop of Group F one point clear of Marseille while Dortmund must win if they are to keep their feint hopes of qualification alive.

Having endured a torrid start to the season that saw most write off the North London-outfit's chances of qualifying for the UEFA Champions League next season, Van Persie believes a top four finish is now well within their reach.

"The aim is to finish in the top four and it's a long run like a marathon but I'm confident we can achieve that," he said after the Norwich game.

"It is a very welcome win. We know that Norwich away is a tough game as we've seen them a couple of times this season playing really well away from home and at home, so we knew it was going to be a hard task.

"We played well but we missed a few too many chances so we made it a bit more difficult for ourselves but in the end it was a good win."

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