Arsenal forward Theo Walcott has revealed that the chance of qualifying for the Champions League has been the catalyst behind the team's recent form.

In all competitions, the Gunners are unbeaten in 10-games and haven't lost since their north London derby defeat to Tottenham at White Hart Lane.

Out of those 10-games, Arsene Wenger's men have won eight of them and drawn just two, and those were games against Everton and champions Manchester United.

Throughout the whole season, Arsenal's Champions League hopes were questioned and doubted, but after picking up 23 points in their last nine games, the north London side know that their fate is in their own hands as they look ahead to the final game of the season.

Arsenal are currently fourth in the Premier League just one point ahead of Tottenham with just one of them able to finish in the top-four.

On the last day of the season, Arsenal travel to St James Park to face Newcastle United knowing a win would guarantee them a Champions League spot. However if they are to slip up at Newcastle, Tottenham, who play Sunderland at home, will have the chance to pip their rivals to a top-four finish.

Theo Walcott, who scored a hat-trick against Newcastle the last time the two sides met, believes the team are full of confidence going into the final game of the season.

“All the games are very important now but we just want to get the result,” he told reporters. “We want to keep our form going. We haven’t lost now in a long time. I have lost count to be fair.

“That’s a great positive and we just have to keep it going now. It is a tough game and we cannot underestimate Newcastle. I know it was a totally crazy game here when we played them last but we are ready for it.

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

“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.”

 

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