Walcott suggests Arsenal squad never felt they could catch Chelsea

Arsenal attacker Theo Walcott feels the squad never felt they had a real chance of catching Chelsea.

Arsenal star Theo Walcott told the London Evening Standard that he’s never felt the club could genuinely compete for the Premier League title this season.

Walcott has revealed that he, and other members of Arsenal’s squad, were aware of the thoughts from many that the Gunners could push Chelsea all the way in the league, but has admitted that it was never realistic.

“There was an opportunity in the season when we were getting close to Chelsea and people were taking about us competing but I sensed throughout the dressing room that we were never quite up there with Chelsea,” he said.

The comments show a problem in terms of the belief running through the current side, which has come from a failure in recent seasons to genuinely get into a position where the club could win the league.

Some will question Arsene Wenger’s desire at the club, but he will be as determined as anyone else to win another league title at the club, before he decides to retire and move on.

Walcott has admitted that Arsenal are open to change in terms of personnel over the summer and he feels there are no excuses for the club not making the right decisions in terms of bringing in new players.

“We are looking very strong and you never know, he might add a few extra players but we need to be pushing for the Premier League now. There is no excuse,” he added.

A new goalkeeper, a back-up central defender, a holding player and a centre forward should arguably all be priorities for the club, but there was evidence of strength in depth coming off of the bench against Manchester United yesterday.

Walcott himself and Jack Wilshere had a really big impact on the game at Old Trafford and Wenger needs to ensure he has those options off the bench in all positions next year.

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