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Theo: We can end trophy drought

April 4, 2012
By ESPN staff

Theo Walcott believes Arsenal "have got everything", with the winger insisting they have the squad to end their long wait for silverware.

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GettyImagesTheo Walcott is all smiles after netting a brace against Tottenham

The Gunners endured a difficult start to the campaign, at one stage falling to 17th place in the table. With growing calls from the club's fans for long-time boss Arsene Wenger to get the axe, Arsenal descended into crisis.

However, Wenger's side have gradually worked through their sticky patch, gradually climbing up the standings to a current position of third.

It will be seven years in May since Arsenal last won a trophy, but Walcott is confident some much-needed silverware is not far away.

"We have got everything. People are coming out of their shells, playing at the top of their games and staying fit," he told Arsenal's official website. "I am as frustrated as the fans that we can't do it throughout the season. Every team has their bad period, we have been up and down at stages; we weren't playing particularly badly, we just weren't getting results and it is all about results.

"We are learning to grind out results now. The Everton game for example, saw us play very well for 20 minutes but after that it was all Everton. But we still won 1-0 and that is what we need to do more often. We have real character in the squad, a lot of leaders and captains, and that helps us."

Walcott believes Arsenal are stronger as a result of their early-season struggles, claiming they now have the mental fortitude to deal with disappointments. Although their seven-game winning run was brought to an end at QPR last weekend, the England flyer says their new-found resilience will help them get over setbacks.

"I think that we can deal with pressure when it is thrown upon our shoulders," he said. "The manager always takes it on his back, but as players we can cope with that now because we had that tough period.

"We had a lot of injuries, things weren't going our way and Tottenham were 10 points ahead. But we dealt with that, we continued playing our football and completely turned it around. When people play at their full potential it makes the job so much easier. We need to learn to do this more often."

Walcott reserved special mention for Arsenal's supporters, claiming they have helped turn Emirates Stadium - where the Gunners have only lost twice in the league this season - into a "fortress".

"I think the fans expect us to win every game, and we expect to go out there, play our best and we feel we can win every game," he added. "The Emirates is starting to become a fortress, which is what we want it to be. That is with the help of the fans, they develop that.

"Away fans and players don't like to come to the Emirates, especially over the last few months. It helps us players, it is like having an extra man on the field."