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Theo Walcott: Arsenal are serious contenders

Arsenal frontman Theo Walcott points to recent victory over Cardiff City as proof of Arsenal’s title credentials.

The Gunners currently sit at the top of the Premier League table at the start of a calender year for the first time since 2008. It is a position that is fully deserved for Arsene Wenger’s men as they have been the best team throughout 2013, accumulating 82 points in the calendar year, five more than title rivals Manchester City and Chelsea.

Arsenal forward Theo Walcott has been in excellent form so far this season, despite battling against injuries. Walcott has scored five goals and assisted four in just nine Premier League starts, with the England international finding the net in the recent 2-0 victory over Cardiff City.

Arsenal’s victory over the Bluebirds was hardly straightforward, with Nicklas Bendtner firing in the all-important goal in the 88th minute of the match. Theo Walcott then made sure of the victory, running on to Jack Wilshire’s through ball to clip home. The Guardian reports that it was this type of Arsenal victory in which Theo Walcott looks upon as proof of Arsenal’s credentials.

"Wins like Cardiff prove we are serious contenders," Walcott said. "With every win, the belief gets stronger and stronger. A lot of people are not giving us enough credit but we don't mind that. We just carry on with our job."

In the build-up to Arsenal’s FA Cup tie with North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur, Walcott looked back on Arsenal’s defeat to Spurs in March, as it was the following game where Arsenal beat European champions Bayern Munich in Germany and consequently found a new inner-belief.

"Ever since that Bayern Munich result, really … it's changed the whole club," Walcott said. "Since then, we've showed great consistency throughout, not just scoring goals but keeping clean sheets. If you're going to win titles, you've got to keep clean sheets".

"We always know we're going to score goals; it's been the problem of conceding them but everyone's been doing their jobs right and it's important for the team."

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