Arsenal star mocks Tottenham as he runs the rule on the upcoming campaign
By Alex Taylor
Theo Walcott has admitted Arsenal underperformed last season – but they still finished above Tottenham in their rivals’ best-ever year.
Arsene Wenger’s team had a strong finish to the campaign to clinch second place, while Spurs’ title challenge faded in the final weeks and Mauricio Pochettino’s side limped home in third.
It was Spurs’ highest position in the Premier League era but Arsenal still maintained their record of finishing above them for each of Arsene Wenger’s 20 top-flight campaigns.
“We know what we need to do,” Walcott told the Mail. “Tottenham had their best season last year and we finished second.
“Let’s be honest, we didn’t perform, especially on the run-in, but we managed to finish second. So we have got it in us. We have got to make sure we are at it every game now.”
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Walcott also told Arsenal to forget about the clubs two FA Cup wins and focus on being successful next season.
The Gunners have had a disappointing few years despite their cup competition success as their wait for another Premier League title goes on.
Walcott himself had a wretched 2015-16 campaign at Emirates Stadium and was only on the fringes of the Arsenal team in the second half of last season despite being fully fit.
“Everyone in the dressing room is different,” Walcott added to the Mail. “But we cannot dwell on the past. We can’t be dwelling on this silly trophy (title) drought.
“We have to forget about that. We won the FA Cup twice a couple of years ago. We have to forget about that as well. It is a massive year for the club itself.”
The Arsenal forward has bagged 93 goals and 75 assists in his Arsenal career but could only muster nine goals in 42 appearances in all competitions last season.
Walcott signed a new £110,000-a-week, four-year contract last summer to extend his spell with the club he joined as a 16-year-old to 10 years.