Theo Walcott says Arsenal’s 1-0 win over Newcastle showed why Arsenal have what it takes to win the Premier League title.
Arsenal opened up a two-point gap at the top of the table after Laurent Koscielny scored the only goal in a scrappy victory, with Newcastle guilty of missing chances and Petr Cech crucial for the home team.
Yet Walcott believes Arsenal have both the belief and strength in depth to win the league this year.
“The three points are crucial at this moment in time, especially when teams slip up as well,” Walcott said.
“We’ve had a blip at times but it’s important that we get those hard-fought three points today. In previous seasons we would have lost that or drawn, so that’s a very good sign for 2016.
“The title is anyone’s to be honest but there’s such a belief in this team that we can do it this year. It’s been a long time and everyone understands that, but you could just sense with that performance that we know what we need to do.
“It’s up for grabs but we have the strength in depth in this squad and I believe that we can push on this season and hopefully be successful.
“A lot of games have been like that this season. The Premier League is starting to open up a little bit and a lot of teams are ready for the battle this year.
“The performance wasn’t there to be honest, but the work rate is always there and when you have work rate you always get the success that you need, want and deserve.”