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Friday 9 December 2016

Theo Walcott: 'No excuses if Arsenal don't mount serious title challenge next year'

Theo Walcott
Theo Walcott

Theo Walcott insists Arsenal will have "no excuse" if they do not mount a serious title challenge next year.

Arsenal all but secured third place in the Premier League on Sunday when they drew 1-1 at Manchester United.

The Gunners have had to go through the preliminary stages of the Champions League for three of the last four years, but barring two big losses against Sunderland and West Brom, they will go directly into the group stages next season.

Walcott (below) believes Arsenal are punching below their weight, though. He was disappointed that Arsenal did not pose a challenge to Chelsea until the spring.

Next season has to be a different story, the Arsenal winger insists.

"We are looking very strong and you never know, he might add a few extra players but we need to be pushing for the Premier League now. There is no excuse," he said.

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