Arsenal star Theo Walcott says the Gunners can mount a serious title challenge this season.

The 24-year-old, who joined Arsenal from Southampton in 2006, believes the Gunners are capable of ending their eight-year trophy drought in 2014 after an encouraging start to the campaign.

Arsenal have won their last six matches in all competitions and currently sit second in the Premier League table.

"I think we'll push on and we can definitely challenge this year, for sure," Walcott was quoted as saying by Sky Sports. "There is so much belief in this team at the moment and I think it's showing. We just need to make sure we get that home form going now, the away form is absolutely fantastic."

Indeed, Arsenal recorded their 10th consecutive away victory thanks to Wednesday night's 2-1 win over Marseille in their Champions League opener, and Walcott insists this is an indication of how strong the current team is.

"It's 10 successive wins away from home, a record," the England international continued. "To be part of a team that has done that, in the amount of years that Arsenal have existed, is a great honour and a great achievement for everyone.

"It just shows how good and how talented these players are."

However, Walcott acknowledged that Arsenal will need key players to return from injury in order to go close to winning the title.

"We haven't got the biggest squad in the world and we've got a lot of injuries, which doesn't help. We've got to stay fit, we don't want to lose any more players," he added.

"As soon as the players come back there is going to be more competition for places as well, that's only going to be a good thing for Arsenal."

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