Theo Walcott reveals the key to Arsenal's recent success

The Gunners forward says a new approach is seeing the north London side flourish.

Arsenal forward Theo Walcott says Arsene Wenger's pre-match team talks have inspired the north London side to success in recent weeks, according to the London Evening Standard.

Arsenal have reached the quarter-finals of the FA Cup after beating Championship leaders Middlesbrough and impressed in the Premier League, namely with a 2-0 win at Manchester City, followed by a 5-0 triumph over Aston Villa.

The Gunners couldn't quite reproduce their strong form at Tottenham Hotspur during the north London derby but Walcott has explained what's been going right during Arsenal's other games.

Indeed, according to the 25-year-old, Wenger has urged his side to go all out and start games on the front foot. Those confident beginnings to matches have in turn inspired confidence within the Arsenal side. That simple, eh?

“The confidence has come from the way we are starting games,” Walcott told Standard Sport. “The manager has put in our heads that we need to start well, particularly from the front and pressurise the ball well.

“Keeping clean sheets will mean we win games because we always know we are going to score goals and we’ve continued to do that in recent weeks. Things are paying off for us at the moment so we just need to make sure we take it into the next few weeks.”

Arsenal have also been boosted by the return of several key players form injury of late - Walcott himself is included here.

That is perhaps a bigger factor behind the Gunners' resurgence as they bid to yet again secure a place in next season's Champions League. But an emphasis on fast starts has certainly done Wenger's side no harm. Can they keep it up?

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