Arsenal have very good chance of winning the title, says Theo Walcott

Arsenal striker Theo Walcott believes the Gunners are genuine Premier League title contenders this season

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Theo Walcott and his team-mates model Arsenal's new away kit Photo: Arsenal

Theo Walcott believes Arsenal have a “very good chance” of challenging for the Premier League title next season.

The Gunners have stuck with their French manager Arsene Wenger, while rivals Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United have all changed their bosses.

Arsenal finished the 2012/13 campaign in style, managing to go 11 games unbeaten, and securing the final Champions League spot ahead of Tottenham Hotspur.

And Walcott reckons the north London side can mount a title bid.

“The teams that finished above us have changed their managers,” Walcott told Arsenal’s website. “We’ve still got ours.

“It’s always going to be tough. Every game in the Premier League is very tough and very interesting. It always comes down to the last few games. So we need to believe in ourselves.

“The way we ended the season last year, 11 games undefeated – we need to do it from the start, which I believe we can.

“The manager shows so much belief in us in every single game so we need to step up and I think we’ve got a very good chance of challenging this season.

“I got 21 goals last season and I want to try and push on from there. I want to try and get to 25. That’s my benchmark but I believe in myself and that’s the main thing.

“Time will tell if players come in or not but we just work with the squad we’ve got at the moment. Come the start of the season, there could be changes. We know it’s a very long campaign but we’re all very excited about our prospects.”

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