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Monday, October 31, 2011

Walcott: we have our confidence back

Arsenal winger Theo Walcott is confident the Gunners have found their form after their scinitliating 5-3 win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

The Gunners fought back from 2-1 down to claim a spectacular victory against the title contenders, with a Robin Van Persie hat-trick and efforts from Walcott and full-back Andre Santos enough to take the spoils at Stamford Bridge, and rounds off a remarkable recovery after the London club suffered their worst ever start to the Premier League under boss Arsene Wenger.

Defeats against local rivals Tottenham and an 8-2 humiliation at the hands of Manchester United compounded a summer exodus lead by Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas to leave Wenger’s job looking in doubt, but a run of form that has seen the Gunners win five of their last six Premier League games to move them up to 7th in the league table.

Now Walcott believes Arsenal can use the momentum gained from their excellent run to challenge for honours, but insists they are not getting too carried away just yet.
"We are not looking too far ahead," Walcott said. "We don't want to say where we're going to finish at the end of the season, but the way we're playing at this moment in time we believe we can beat anyone.

"We're enjoying our football, our run is great now and we're just going to keep on continuing that... everyone is buzzing at the moment. We were disappointed to go 2-1 down just before half-time [against Chelsea], but before that we were playing some great football.

"It seemed that every time we went forward it looked like we were going to score and it could have been 8-7. It was just one of those crazy games that I'll never forget." He added.

Key to Arsenal’s resurgence has been the form of Robin Van Persie, who has found the net ten times already this season with football betting tips indicating he will end the season as the league’s top scorer. Wenger admitted the Dutchman was “on fire” at the moment”, but refused to comment on how contract talks with Van Persie, who has entered the final two years of his current deal, were progressing.

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