Theo Walcott warns Arsenal over tight race for top-four finish

Theo Walcott is expecting a tight race for Champions League qualification this season

Theo Walcott is fully expecting the race for a top-four finish in the Premier League this season to go right down to the wire.

The Gunners moved back into fourth place in the Premier League table on Tuesday night thanks to their 2-1 win over Leicester City at Emirates Stadium.

However, seventh-placed Liverpool are now just three points behind the Gunners thanks to their dramatic 3-2 win over Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield.

And Walcott, who scored Arsenal’s second goal against City, is expecting the race for Champions League qualification to remain tight until the end of the season.

“I think it will be [tight], I think you can see every year the teams are getting better,” Walcott told Arsenal’s website.

“Who would have thought Southampton would be right up there, considering the players that left this season?

“I think it’s going to go all the way, that’s why it was so crucial to bounce back.”

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Despite helping his side to seal victory on Tuesday night, Walcott admitted that Arsenal’s performance against bottom-of-the-table Leicester left a lot to be desired.

The England international, who has now scored three in his last four games, continued: “The performance wasn’t there but the three points was all we were determined to achieve.

“We’ll focus on the FA Cup now. There will be a lot of disappointed guys in the changing room even though we’ve won. But that’s why the games come thick and fast.”

Arsenal’s next game is a home clash against Middlesbrough in the FA Cup fifth round on Sunday afternoon.

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