Theo Walcott has just signed a new Arsenal contract and has called on his team-mates to show more confidence between now and the rest of the season.
Arsenal supporters have often seen Theo Walcott lack confidence when it comes to putting the ball in the net, although the England winger-cum-forward has issued a rallying call this week and claims that the Gunners need to believe in themselves more.
Chelsea ran Arsenal ragged for the first half of Sunday’s match at Stamford Bridge before the visitors came right back into the game thanks to Walcott’s goal although they were unable to score an equaliser despite lots of pressure.
Perhaps the result might have been different if the Gunners had attacked from the start, with Walcott claiming that his team-mates need to understand that they are world-class players who collectively should be confident of beating any team in England or Europe.
He’s quoted in The Daily Mirror as saying: “I think there’s a lack of belief as to how good we can be. We’ve got some very, very good players here. I think players don’t believe they are good enough at times. But, trust me, I see them every day in training and they should believe that.
“We need to start realising how good we are. We showed some great stuff in the second half at Chelsea but it’s time we did that from the start on.
“If we just look at the second half, forget the first half, I think we were too slow, sloppy closing down and we’ve got to show more commitment. We gave them too much space as well.
“As soon as we pressurised them a bit more, pushed up higher and the manager said if we got that early goal then it would be different.
“It wasn’t meant to be, but we gave the manager something to think about and we can’t be slow off the blocks like that again.”
Strong words from Master Walcott who is fast becoming a senior member of the Arsenal squad despite only being 23. It is clear that he and Jack Wilshere will be part of this squad for many years to come, although supporters will still feel that the team need strengthening in every department if they are to challenge for league titles and a place in the top four.
Matthew Glazier writes for Bettingpro.com, an award-winning football, news and betting website.