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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Walcott hungry for cup glory to breed league success

Here's a stat that might surprise you - Arsenal's talented young winger, Theo Walcott, has never won a piece of silverware since his career started.

He's still relatively young, although perhaps less so in the context of Arsenal's squad, but it seems like an age ago that Walcott burst on to the scene at Southampton, earning plaudits from far and wide and eventually signing a deal with Arsenal.

It is therefore unsurprising that Walcott is desperate to win the Carling Cup this season after Arsenal's bright start in the competition. Viewed by many as a meaningless trophy that only minnows in English football care about winning, the Carling Cup is high up on Walcott's list of priorities this season, with the winger believing in the mantra of success breeding success.

In all honesty, trophy-hungry Gunners fans would probably love to win the trophy, even if it was the only piece of silverware they secured all season. However, Walcott clearly believes that overcoming the hurdle of winning the first trophy could open the floodgates for more success. Anyone looking to place a Premier League free bet might want to remember this.

This is clearly a philosophy shared also by boss Arsene Wenger and, despite a few setbacks, his young team are still capable of winning the Premier League this year. Glory in the Carling Cup would boost their levels of self-belief which may not be as high as would be expected at a club the size of Arsenal. After all, the squad is full of young players who don't have the gritty experience of old campaigners such as John Terry and Frank Lampard. People looking to bet on Premier League winner should keep a close eye on Arsenal's form in the coming weeks.

With Arsenal set to welcome back a few familiar faces over the next few weeks, including Aaron Ramsey and Robin van Persie, this is a club with real ambitions. Don't take their hunger to win the Carling Cup as a sign that the Arsenal's expectations have slipped in recent months. It's exactly the opposite.

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