Theo Walcott says current attacking unit can better Arsenal greats

Theo Walcott

Theo Walcott says Arsenal's class of 2015 has the potential to better the achievements of heroes such as Thierry Henry, Robert Pires and Dennis Bergkamp.

Theo Walcott has told Arsenal’s official website that Arsene Wenger’s attacking class of 2015 have the potential to be the best in the club’s illustrious history.

The Gunners currently have the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Danny Welbeck, Olivier Giroud and Walcott within their ranks.

They can also call upon forward-thinking midfielders such as Jack Wilshere, Santi Cazorla, Mesut Ozil, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Aaron Ramsey.

Between them, they have helped Arsenal to just one major trophy, with a nine-year wait for silverware ended with FA Cup success in 2014.

Welbeck and Sanchez were drafted in on the back of that triumph, and the feeling is that they have helped to improve the collective standard in north London.

That is an opinion shared by Walcott, with the England international seeing no reason why a star-studded squad cannot go on to better the achievements of club icons from the recent past.

He told Arsenal Player: “Danny is a workaholic as well - he runs around and really works for the team. There are so many options and Alex [Oxlade-Chamberlain] is also doing very well.

“Obviously there is me as well coming back, and then you have the likes of Aaron and Jack in midfield. The list goes on, that’s how good we are going forward. It is a headache for the manager when you have that many great attacking options.

“When I came, it was Pires and Ljungberg, Bergkamp, Thierry and Reyes - that’s some attacking force as well. I think this squad probably does beat it, but we need to prove it first.

“[When] we go and achieve a little bit more than winning the FA Cup, then I think we can stand up and say this is the best attacking line up we’ve ever had.”

  GoalsTotal Scoring AttGoal AssistTotal Att AssistAppearancesMins Played
Alexis Sánchez 12 67 7 57 21 1,761
Santiago Cazorla 5 57 4 49 21 1,682
Danny Welbeck 4 46 2 28 18 1,399
Aaron Ramsey 3 37 2 28 15 1,049
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 1 31 1 32 21 1,396
Jack Wilshere 1 10 1 7 9 526
Mesut Özil 1 8 1 14 7 557
Theo Walcott 0 2 0 1 4 73

Walcott and those around him at Emirates Stadium will have to go some to match, never mind better, the success of their predecessors.

Arsenal were Premier League title winners and serious contenders for Champions League glory during the era of Henry, Pires and Bergkamp.

There is, however, no harm in setting lofty targets and Wenger will be pleased to that ambition and belief within his squad is building on the back of a productive run which has delivered five wins from their last six outings in all competitions.

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