Arsenal players scared of finishing fifth, says Walcott

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Theo Walcott has revealed that a fear of finishing below Tottenham has inspired their run of fine form.

A defeat to Tottenham, in March, left them seven points adrift of the their north London rivals, but a sublime run of form has helped them to catch up; they now sit one point ahead going in to the last match day.

Arsenal go into the final match knowing that a win will secure them a place in the Champions League next season, but that arch rivals Tottenham are ready to take their place if they do not win against Newcastle on the final day of the season.

Arsenal winger Theo Walcott explained after their 4-1 home win against Wigan, that the fear of finishing below Spurs, and outside of the Champions League places for the first time in 15 years is pushing them on, motivating them to win their final games.

“We just have great experience in knowing what to do when the time is right. It is funny. It happens every year. We tend to finish very strong. I think it is just because the players want it so much,” said Walcott to Sky Sports.

“Champions League football is big for the future of the club and the players. We have been in it for the last 15 years and we don't want to be the players who are not part of that.  

“We just need to show that in the mid-season and at the start and we could hopefully be even higher than we are and not have this situation we are in. But it is very positive, and we will be fighting strong on Sunday.” 

Arsenal’s top scorer this season also revealed he is still eager to play in a centre-forward role for the club. His lack of time up front was cited as a reason for his delay in signing a new deal but even after he has signed it he has found his options limited.

He said: "I am making runs in from the right and the manager is playing me up front now and then.

"I can wander at times and it works - there is a lot of rotation in that front line so when it is working, don't change it."

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