The Gunners head in to 2016 top of the pile, ahead of surprise challengers Leicester City on goal difference and three points clear of pre-season favourites Manchester City.
Despite only collecting 39 points from 19 games, the unpredictability of the league sees Arsenal lead the way at the halfway mark and there is a real sense of positivity regarding their title chances.
Arsenal have had to contend with a number of injuries and a fair few disappointing results thus far, but they’ve found a way to bounce back from such adversities and that’s the mark of a strong team.
Speaking to The Sun ahead of the weekend, Walcott said this Arsenal team is the best he has played in.
“When we have everyone fit, we have one of the strongest squads in the country — and this is the best team I’ve been involved in,” the forward explained. “Now we are in a good position and we have a history of ending the season well.”
Walcott has had to endure a somewhat difficult season so far, scoring three goals and adding a further two assists in 13 league appearances.
The England international longs to play as the team’s centre-forward, but Olivier Giroud has been in such good form of late that Walcott has been pushed to a wider role.
The opposition plays a significant role in Arsene Wenger’s decision-making, whether he opts for Walcott’s pace in behind the defence or Giroud’s hold-up play and aerial ability against a deeper opponent.
Either way, the two forwards provide Arsenal with alternative threats and the creativity, pace and guile supplied by Alexis Sanchez, Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil helps give the team a bit of everything.