Arsenal forward Theo Walcott has underlined his ambition for the next campaign and the Englishman believes the club are serious title contenders, but admits their first goal is to secure qualification to the Champions League proper.

The Gunners ended the 2012/2013 season superbly, picking up nine wins out of their final 11 games - a run that saw them leap from sixth in the Premier League table to fourth, which saw them secure a Champions League qualifying place.

Walcott, who was one of Arsenal's main stars last season, believes he owes a lot to Arsene Wenger and is determined to repay the faith the manager has shown in him.  

He believes the first way to do that is to make sure the club gain qualification to the Champions League group stages.

He said to the Daily Mirror: "The Champions League qualifier is definitely something we've got to keep our eye on. We've always had a great run in the Champions League and we believe if we can beat Bayern Munich we can beat anyone. That's what we should be focusing on.

"Who knows who will come in, but we'll work on the squad we've got at this moment and I think we have a very strong squad. We have some great players and I always look forward to coming back to work.

"I want to repay the manager for the belief he has and the faith he shows when he brings in players at such a young age. He puts young players in there and just says: 'go and do your thing'."

The Englishman admitted that next season will be a successful one for the club, especially if they keep midfielder Jack Wilshere fit all campaign as Walcott knows how crucial the young star is to the Gunners.

"It's so important for the club for Jack to stay fit. He gets everything ticking and makes everything sort of flow. I didn't really get to play with Jack at all last season so it's nice that he's back.

"He's had so many injury problems at such a young age and now we hope they've gone out the window.

"Without a doubt he's going to make our team better. He can spot anything when you're making your runs and we're definitely going to have a very good season together."

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