Walcott: Trophies come with belief

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Arsenal winger Theo Walcott believes the Gunners squad needs greater belief if they are to eventually end their trophy drought.


The Emirates Stadium club beat West Brom 3-2 at The Hawthorns on Sunday to secure third place in the Premier League and Champions League football for next season.


However, it is a seventh year since Arsene Wenger’s side have won a trophy and the England winger, who returned early from a hamstring injury to play the second half, feels the side have what it takes to win silverware but need to be tougher mentally.


“We have to push on, as it’s been so long without a trophy now,” he said in the Evening Standard.


“We need to start believing a bit more. The belief came in September, that we really wanted it. If we can do that right from the start and keep people fit, you never know where it will take us next year.”


Despite another season without a trophy, Arsenal will be pleased to have secure the last automatic Champions League spot in a season that saw them in 17th after losing four of their first seven matches in the Premier League.


The loss of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri, coupled with the gelling period of a number of last-minute signings, made for an uncertain start off the field and a disastrous beginning on it.


There are indications that Wenger has learned from the chaos of last summer and is attempting to resolve squad issues early this year – the early signing of Lukas Podolski from Cologne is expected to be followed by others before Euro 2012.

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