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Walcott ready for trophy fight at Arsenal

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Arsenal winger Theo Walcott admits it’s time for the players to deliver at the Emirates Stadium.

The England star committed his long-term future to the Gunners during the January transfer window, and is now ready to bring some much-needed silverware back to north London.

Indeed, the 23-year-old has already set his sights on success this season, and believes that Arsene Wenger’s side have ‘a great chance’ in the FA Cup this season.

“It’s been a long time [since we won anything], everyone knows that and as players we know it’s not good enough. We need to be achieving what Arsenal did in previous history,” said Walcott, according to talkSPORT.

“I want to be part of that and I’m definitely ready for the battle. We’ve got a great chance in the FA Cup and, although we’ve got a very tough game against Bayern [in the Champions League], I believe we can win that as well.

“The next step will come once we win that first medal. Hopefully once we do that we can win more and that’s my goal.”

Walcott’s contract saga was certainly a long-winded process this winter, and the former Southampton starlet admits it was starting to affect his form.

However, the 30-cap international believes he is now back to his best for Wenger, scoring important goals in big matches for his manager.

“It was a long process and it was difficult for both sides. In the last two or three game before it was sorted it was playing on my mind more than it had been beforehand but I’m happy it’s all done and I’m enjoying my football again,” he continued telling the radio station.

“Things are going well. I’m working hard, staying after training and seeing what I can improve. I just enjoy working hard, scoring goals and trying to help make this team the team we should be. That was one of the main reasons for signing – there is huge potential in this team and I want to be part of it.

“I’ve been happy with the last couple of seasons, but this year has stood out. I’ve had a more consistent run of games, playing well, scoring goals. Things always go well when you’re scoring, it’s how you react when they’re not going so well.”

Walcott also spoke about England’s chances of success, ahead of the Three Lions’ prestigious international friendly against Brazil this week.

The winger is desperate to be part of Roy Hodgson’s plans for the up-coming fixture, and hopes he can repeat his club form on the international stage.

“Everyone in the dressing room wants to part of it. It’s Brazil and it’s going to be a great game,” he added.

“The next step in my career is to get my England career back where it should be. We’ve got world-class players, and a young squad that’s eager to do well with a great manager and a great staff.

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