The Gunners were dealt a good draw in the Champions League knockout stages as they were paired alongside underachieving French outfit AS Monaco.
A victory against Arsene Wenger’s former team will see the North Londoners progress to the last eight for the first time since 2010, but any sort of victory simply won’t do.
According to forward Walcott, the Gunners’ players are intent on making a statement and star player Alexis in particular has been drumming up the idea of ultimately winning the competition.
“Alexis has been saying we have to stick together and he believes we can win the Champions League. And so do I,” Walcott told reporters of The Sun.
“We need everyone to believe. It is a good time to make a statement to the other teams in the Champions League — to say we are ready to win it. Let’s start with a good performance against Monaco.”
“Alexis has been saying this to the players during training. We have to have that confidence in the Champions League.”
“Some people may doubt us, we mustn’t listen to them. People are entitled to their opinion but I think this team could achieve big things.”
Can Arsenal win the Champions League?
In recent years, Arsene Wenger’s side’s record against the top teams both domestically and in Europe hasn’t been good and this has largely caused four consecutive last 16 knockout stage exits.
However, recent performances in the Premier League have increased confidence levels around the Emirates outfit and their victory over Manchester City seems to be the straw that broke the camel’s back.
That 2-0 win over Manuel Pellegrini’s side was unique, as it was done in a manner of containment and with the use of Francis Coquelin as a defensive midfielder, the Gunners were comfortable throughout.
While it’s going to take more than a one-off win at the Etihad to be crowned European champions, there is that sense which suggests Arsene Wenger has finally cracked how to approach big-game matches.
Still, there are three Spanish sides – plus a few more European heavyweights – which will rightfully be looked upon as favourites ahead of the Gunners to lift the trophy in Berlin come May.