England midfielder Theo Walcott says that Arsenal now have the ability to start challenging for the Premier League title. The Arsenal winger was speaking after his goals helped the club win a second consecutive FA Cup. The gunners became the first club in almost a decade to win the FA Cup final by more than a single goal margin. Walcott opened the scoring with a fine effort in the first half before the likes of Alexis Sanchez and Per Mertesacker made the game comfortable for Arsenal against Aston Villa. This is the second FA Cup success in two years for Arsenal and one that makes them record holders of the title.
During the club’s illustrious history, Arsenal have now won 12 FA cups that is more than any other club in the English league. After having achieved two successful glories, Walcott says that it is now time that the club targeted winning the league title. Arsenal have not been crowned as the English champions since the 2003/04 campaign when they went through the whole season without a defeat. Towards the end of the 2014-15 season, Arsenal showed the kind of form that would have seen them win the title had they maintained it throughout the campaign. Consistency should be improved and Walcott is targeting more signings to achieve it.
“We are very close to winning the title. We just need to start well. I’ve been here for a long time and this is one of the best squads I’ve been part of.We should be achieving much more. That’s two FA Cups, Premier League is the next big target. It’s amazing. Any win is fantastic. The manner we did it today was great. We played great football, kept a clean sheet. We always knew if we kept a clean sheet we’d score goals and win the game,” said Walcott.