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Walcott reveals fear behind late Arsenal push

15 May 2013 17:52

Arsenal forward Theo Walcott says the potential of missing out on the UEFA Champions League has spurred his side on this season.

Walcott scored in Tuesday's 4-1 Premier League win over Wigan, a result that saw Arsene Wenger's side climb above rivals Tottenham and into fourth on the table with just one match of the season remaining.

Arsenal will now finish fourth – and win a berth in the Champions League qualifying stages, as they bid to enter the group stages for the 16th year in succession – if they beat Newcastle United on Sunday, regardless of Spurs' result against Sunderland.

"We just have great experience in knowing what to do when the time is right. It is funny. It happens every year," Walcott said.

"We tend to finish very strong. I think it is just because the players want it so much.

"It (Champions League football) is big for the future of the club and the players. We have been in it for the last 15 years and we don't want to be the players who are not part of that.

"We just need to show that in the mid-season and at the start and we could hopefully be even higher than we are and not have this situation we are in.

"But it is very positive, and we will be fighting strong on Sunday."

Walcott – who is keen to play more of a central role as a striker than the position on the wing he often finds himself in – has scored 21 goals for Arsenal in 42 appearances this season.

But the 24-year-old says he is happy to play out wide and interchange when required, while praising the performance of German Lukas Podolski, who scored twice against Wigan in the central forward position.

"Wherever the manager wants to play me, I will do that for the team. You can't fault Lukas at all - he grabbed two goals up front and I got one as well," he said.

"So if things are going well, there is no need to change anything, I believe. I'm the sort of player that if things are going well, don't change them.

"I can wander at times and it works - there is a lot of rotation in that front line so when it is working, don't change it."

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Competition
Premier League
Date
14 May 2013
Game week
37
Kick-off
20:45
Half-time
1 - 1
Full-time
4 - 1
Venue
Emirates Stadium (London)
Attendance
60068

Goals

L. Podolski 11'
(assist by Cazorla) 
1 - 0
1 - 1
T. Walcott 63'
(assist by Cazorla) 
2 - 1
L. Podolski 68'
(assist by Cazorla) 
3 - 1
A. Ramsey 71'
(assist by Cazorla) 
4 - 1

Lineups

Substitutes

Saturday 12 July

19:39
19:37
19:28
19:05
19:04
18:52
18:29
18:08
17:58
17:08
16:43
16:27
15:54
15:41
15:28
15:19
13:59
13:56
13:48
13:43
13:36
13:18
12:54
12:35
12:30
12:02
11:55
11:18
10:51
10:37
10:30
10:25
10:24
10:12
10:02
09:49
09:48
09:34
09:27
07:59
07:25
07:04
06:16
05:39
05:36
04:39
04:37
03:46
02:51
02:49
02:20

Friday 11 July

22:18
22:06
22:00
21:34
21:31
21:16
21:13
20:16
19:51
19:30
19:23
18:54
18:33
18:29
18:18
18:17
18:15
18:13
17:45
17:28
17:07
17:01
16:46
16:44
16:39
16:20
16:08
16:06
14:46
14:01
14:00
13:34
13:24
13:19
12:56
12:51
12:45
12:27
12:06
12:04
11:58
11:34
10:47
10:24
10:10
10:02
09:51
08:50
07:42
07:27
07:16
07:05
06:25
06:01
04:44
04:42
03:52
02:00
02:00
01:57
01:04
00:17

Thursday 10 July

23:12
21:57
21:56
21:41
21:10
20:52
20:49
19:49
19:44
18:44
18:21
17:54
17:52
17:43
17:12
17:00
16:43
16:39
16:36
16:35
16:16
15:45
15:41
15:11
14:56
14:42
13:43
13:39
13:38
13:08
13:00
12:27
12:22
11:49
11:34
10:59
10:33
09:58
09:14
08:39
08:35
07:45
06:38
06:36
06:03
05:22
04:30
04:01
02:53
02:05
01:48
01:43
01:33
01:02
00:30

Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 0 +0 0
2 0 +0 0
3 0 +0 0
4 0 +0 0
5 0 +0 0
6 0 +0 0
7 0 +0 0
8 0 +0 0
9 0 +0 0
10 0 +0 0
11 0 +0 0
12 0 +0 0
13 0 +0 0
14 0 +0 0
15 0 +0 0
16 0 +0 0
17 0 +0 0
18 0 +0 0
19 0 +0 0
20 0 +0 0

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