Walcott hails home fortress

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Theo Walcott says the vociferous support the Arsenal players have received at the Emirates Stadium this season has had a positive impact on the team, and will be crucial in helping the club get back to winning ways when they host Manchester City this weekend.

The Gunners' seven game winning streak was ended by QPR at Loftus Road on Saturday, but the 23-year-old winger is confident his teammates can bounce back in order to establish their place in the Champions League qualification places.

Arsene Wenger's side have lost only twice at home in the Premier League this season, and Walcott believes it's in no small part to the fans, who have helped turn their north London home into a fortress.

"I think the fans expect us to win every game, and we expect to go out there, play our best and we feel we can win every game," he told "The Emirates is starting to become a fortress, which is what we want it to be. That is with the help of the fans, they develop that.

"Away fans and players don't like to come to the Emirates, especially over the last few months. It helps us players, it is like having an extra man on the field."

Arsenal's defeat last weekend was further compounded by the fact that Tottenham recorded a 3-1 victory over Swansea at White Hart Lane the following day to move back level on points in the race for third place.

However, Walcott pointed out that the Gunners have proved their mettle plenty of times already this season, by reacting positively to a number of difficult situations and disappointing defeats.

"I think that we can deal with pressure when it is thrown upon our shoulders," he added. "The manager always takes it on his back, but as players we can cope with that now because we had that tough period.

"We had a lot of injuries, things weren't going our way and Tottenham were 10 points ahead. But we dealt with that, we continued playing our football and completely turned it around.

"When people play at their full potential it makes the job so much easier. We need to learn to do this more often."

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