Walcott wants top-four finish

Arsenal ace Theo Walcott claims it would be a "tragedy" if they fail to qualify for the UEFA Champions League next season.

Last Updated: 17/03/13 at 14:38 Post Comment

Theo Walcott: Focused on qualifying for the Champions League

Theo Walcott: Focused on qualifying for the Champions League

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

The Gunners face a fight to finish in the top four as they currently find themselves in fifth spot in the Premier League table.

Arsenal crashed out of the Champions League in midweek on away goals despite an impressive 2-0 win over Bayern Munich and Walcott believes their performance in Germany shows they have underperformed this term.

"We want to be at places like Bayern Munich again, it would be a tragedy for this team not to be in the Champions League," Walcott told The Sunday Mirror.

"The way we played in Germany shows how much we have underperformed at times this season. It's been up and down. For the big occasions we tend to turn up it's just very frustrating."

Walcott admits Arsenal have lacked leadership on the pitch in some games this season and he has called on them to build on their win over Bayern for the rest of the season.

"We had a lot of leaders in Germany, telling people what to do," added Walcott. "There was more communication than there has been previously.

"We have definitely been too quiet, we've been afraid to tell each other what to do even to tell each other off.

"Now we need to show a bit more of that, like we did in Germany. We don't need to always have a go at each other, but we have to speak hard truths.

"We care, we want to prove we want to win and show the desire and commitment. We need to show it to each other and maybe sometimes the referee as well."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

think that puts all doubts over Benteke's quality to bed. Can he do it after receiving the ball to feet, in the box, totally unmarked, on a warm, sunny afternoon in Swindon? Oh yes he can! This year is definitely Liverpool's year. YNWA.

rationalmanc
WATCH: Benteke's debut screamer

A

ll very well selling all midfield and strikers but unless we bring anyone in that is better than what we had then it will be a terrible transfer window in my view. Sorted out the defense but our midfield and striker options look very light.

bigo
Spurs Halfway To The Perfect Summer

L

ove it when Jose accuses others of being defensive, cynical and playing to win. If I was Wenger, I'd get that quote laminated and framed - surely the biggest compliment he's ever received from Mourinho. You've got him riled Arsene - you're relevant again!

suarez_blind
Jose rues pitch and weather after defeat

Footer 365

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has 'difficult questions'

Arsenal centre-half Per Mertesacker says manager Arsene Wenger has a lot of "difficult questions" to answer.

West Ham forward Enner Valencia ruled out for up to 12 weeks

West Ham forward Enner Valencia has been ruled out for up to 12 weeks with a leg injury.

Jordy Clasie says he'd have rejected move to Man United in order to join Southampton

Jordy Clasie claims he'd have rejected Man United to sign for Southampton - saying it's "better to start lower and finish higher".

Mail Box

There's A Lot Of Anger About TV...

...and how much you have to pay - largely for games you don't actually want to watch. Many of you are forced to go illegal. We also have mails on Chelsea, Angel di Maria and...

Not Just A Friendly. This Had Meaning...

Arsenal fans are very excited about beating Chelsea (don't remind them about last year), while there is criticism for BT and a football fan tired of being screwed by TV...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company