Arsenal may have bounced back pretty well in the Premier League after the shock of losing the opening league game at home to West Ham. The Gunners have not lost any of the four EPL games since and only dropped points to Liverpool because of an incorrect offside decision against Aaron Ramsey.
But many Arsenal fans and members of the football media are yet to be really convinced about our title credentials and they have reasons. Two of our wins have come against teams really struggling in Stoke and Newcastle, while our goal return compared to the amount of possession and chances created is less than impressive.
One of those responsible for that is Theo Walcott, but the England international was quick to acknowledge his failings in front of goal so far, as reported by the Evening Standard, while also declaring with confidence that he is close to finding something like top form.
Theo said of the Stoke game, “Luckily I managed to grab one out of my many chances. I was disappointed because I should have got many, many more, but I’m getting the chances so I’m happy with that.
“When you get given the opportunity you have to try to grab the goals when you can. We create chances so we just have to put them away. We’re starting to get back to the old Arsenal.
“It’s nice to see Olivier among the goals as well, which shows it’s great competition that we have for places here.
“I’ve said to the manager that I’d like to play up front. I can play in any of those three positions up front, so it’s a good option for the manager to have.”
As well as being honest about his own performance, Walcott also feels that the whole team has not really clicked into top gear yet. But as reported by The Mirror, he thinks we are getting there and that our Premier League rivals will really have a big problem once that happens.
He said, “People may not have seen the best of us yet but we’re keeping clean sheets and creating a lot of chances.
“We’re going to push on and when we hit our peak, people will be more and more worried. We don’t just want to fight for that fourth position. We do need a challenge for the title this time.
“We’re slowly getting to where we want to be.
“It’s the sign of a good team if you’re steady going but still getting the results. No one is going to remember the start of the season. It’s all about how we finish.”
When you think that Arsenal are already sitting in a decent position after playing way below the standard we know they can, you can see that Walcott´s warning is a very believable one. So are the Gunners ready to ready to shoot down our rivals and fire their way to the EPL trophy?