Theo Walcott believes that Arsenal are ready to pose a serious title challenge this season after completing their 10th straight win away from home in 2013.
The 24-year-old, who scored during Arsenal's 2-1 win over Marseille in their opening group game of the Champions league, believes that there is a certain belief in the Gunners camp over achieving something special this year. The arrival of Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid has buoyed the fans and players alike who are looking to end their eight season trophy drought before the end of the season.
The north London club have been in brilliant form thus far, winning six games on the trot in all competitions following their 3-1 defeat at home to Aston Villa on the opening day of the season. Walcott believes that this team has the desire and the drive which will take them far this year.
"I think we'll push on and we can definitely challenge this year, for sure. There is so much belief in this team at the moment and I think it's showing. We just need to make sure we get that home form going now, the away form is absolutely fantastic. It's 10 successive wins away from home, someone told me in the dressing room. It's a record. I didn't know that until after the game," Walcott said.
"To be part of a team that has done that, in the amount of years that Arsenal have existed, is a great honour and a great achievement for everyone. It just shows how good and how talented these players are," he added.
Aaron Ramsey has been a revelation for Arsenal, scoring six goals this season and has been an influence all over the pitch with his ball retention and tackling. Walcott praised the 22-year-old for his performance this season and claims that he is a completely different player from the one which was struggling over the last couple of seasons.
"People would criticise his goalscoring [in the past], but I see him in training every day and he's looking a totally different player. He's like a new signing. It's an absolute honour to play with him at the moment. Aaron had one of the worst injuries in football," he added.
"He's had a hard pre-season, he's worked really hard and it's definitely paying off now. He's enjoying his football and it's going to be difficult to get him off the pitch, I'm pretty sure of that," Walcott concluded.