Theo Walcott – “We Can Beat Absolutely Anyone”

Theo
Walcott wants to repay Wenger for the faith he’s show in him, and insists Arsenal are heading along the right track to return to their successful ways.

“The boss has always had so much belief in me from a young age, but we haven’t won anything for a long time now, so we want to pay him back by winning something.

“If we don’t perform he always takes it back on himself, but at times it is not fair because we are the players that go out there and do it.

“He definitely lets us know when we are not performing, though, which is the right way to do it.

“Once the team wins the first trophy, you will start to see us coming back to where we should be.

“When your team is playing well it makes your job easier and when you are winning games it is fantastic to be a part of it. However, it is when things aren’t going too well that you need to stand out and get your team back involved.

“We have got players in the dressing room who can create something out of nothing, and I want to be part of that backbone.

“You see it when we go a goal down, everyone thinks, ‘right, we need to step up here because it is not good enough’, but if we do that from the start we can beat absolutely anyone.

“I think we will get to a stage when we win games even when we haven’t dominated.

“We are starting to get there and as soon as we hit that target, I am sure we are going to be flying.

Jenkinson Believes British Core is the Best Way

As one of the six British players to sign a contract extension earlier on in the season, Carl Jenkinson believes a British Core will produce many long-term benefits for the Gunners. Carl has expressed his agreement with the boss about the importance of having British players as the central focal point of the team.

“I’ve seen what the boss has said himself [about a British core],” Carl told Arsenal.com.

“I think he said that signing young British players will [be beneficial because] they are more likely to be committed to the Club and stay at the Club for a long time. I think he’s right in that thinking.

“I think that there are good young players coming through at the moment. The boss has no commitment to sign players from anywhere.

“The boss just wants the best players for Arsenal Football Club. If he thought they were from elsewhere, I’m sure he would sign them. He obviously thinks that [by signing the British players up] we’re as good or better than any other options that he had. That can only be a good thing for us.

“From my point of view, I think it’s good to have an English core. We’re an English club and with English players and an English squad, the fans can relate to that. Arsenal Football Club are going to sign players that are the best and I don’t think it will really matter where they’re from.”

Peter Hill-Wood: “We Can Compete”

Peter Hill-Wood
After Arsenal announced half-yearly profits of £17.8m to the end of November last year and cash reserves of £123.3m, Peter Hill-Wood has attempted to assure the fans that the club are able to compete with the Premier League’s big spenders. 

Wenger stated last week that Arsenal would be able to afford the highly-rated Falcao of Atletico Madrid, if they wanted to purchase the striker. The forward is well sought after, and thought to be worth an  £40m; more than double the price of Arsenal’s record signing.Manager

Hill-Wood, who is the Arsenal Chairman, backed all this up when telling the Daily Star: “We are in a position where we can compete with most people.

“If there is someone we really want, then the price guide is secondary.”

Hill-Wood went on to defend Arsenal’s poor season and trophy drought set to extend to eight-years by the end of this season, adding: “I understand that they want us to win everything, but so do I. But we are in a damned sight better position than a lot of people.”

Also stating that there had been no discussions with Wenger about his contract, as initially planned: “Nothing has changed on that front. At the moment it is not top of our agenda, or his.”

Before claiming Arsenal will keep their best players: “Let me be quite clear that our intention is to keep our best players and recruit new talent to make us stronger.

“Although we were disappointed to see Robin van Persie leave the club, we have taken steps to secure our best players going forward and have recently signed Jack Wilshere, Theo Walcott, Kieran Gibbs, Aaron Ramsey, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Carl Jenkinson to new long-term contracts.

“During this financial period we also invested £40.9million in the acquisition of new players, Lukas Podolski,Santi Cazorla and Olivier Giroud, and the extension of other player contracts. More recently we added Nacho Monreal to our ranks from Malaga

“Our desire is to make everyone connected with Arsenal proud of the club. We know that comes through winning trophies but also through the way we do things and that will remain our constant guide.”