Theo must keep it going – Arshavin

Despite producing what many believe was his best performance in an
Arsenal shirt as the Gunners thrashed the Premier League minnows
6-0, Walcott has not won over all of his doubters. Walcott was
omitted from England’s World Cup squad this summer after a
disappointing season which led many to question aspects of his
game, particularly his decision making. But Arshavin believes that
such is the 21-year-old’s potential, a good campaign from him this
time around could lead the Gunners to silverware. “With his
quality, he must play like this every game and we expect him to
play like this,” the Russian told talkSPORT. “I think he will help
and and if he scores in every game we will win [the Premier League]
for sure.” Fellow midfielder Tomas Rosicky claims the best way for
Walcott to maintain his form is by continuing to ignore his
critics. He witnessed at first hand Walcott demonstrate his true
potential on Saturday and believes he did so because he played with
a smile. “I just hope he will not play football to answer his
critics or something,” Rosicky told talkSPORT. “I think the best
way is to go out and enjoy his football – that’s always what worked
for me. “Let’s go out and enjoy the game and I think he enjoyed it
[against Blackpool].” Another vital element to Arsenal’s ambitions
is Cesc Fabregas, who once again remained in north London this
summer despite intense interest from Barcelona. Arshavin said: “I
think for everyone at Arsenal it’s a big boost and everyone is
happy he stays with us. “[But] I did not think about him a lot
because he must decide himself – it’s his life.” Arshavin believes
the Premier League remains as strong as ever and sees its four
representatives, including north London rivals Tottenham, as among
only six teams who can become European champions this year –
despite Inter Milan’s success last time around. “It was by chance
because Inter had [Jose] Mourinho and, of course, they deserved to
win,” he said. “But I see now only six teams can win – four from
England and two from Spain [Real Madrid and Barcelona].” Saturday
saw Czech Republic international Rosicky make his first competitive
start since April. The 29-year-old’s recent Arsenal career has been
blighted by hamstring and knee injuries and he believes a full
pre-season will help him get back on track this term. Rosicky said:
“That was always what I was missing. “I’ve completed a whole
pre-season, I’ve got a good base, I feel well and hope that will
continue.” Having made an impressive start to the season with a
draw at Liverpool and Saturday’s thumping victory, Arsenal lie
second in the fledgling Premier League table. Next up is this
weekend’s trip to Blackburn and, although the new campaign is only
just under way, Rosicky claims the Gunners must win at Ewood Park
if they are to challenge for the title. “Last season, I think we
lost there,” he said. “We know it will be a completely different
game but if you want to be title contenders – which I think we are
– we have to win there.” Arsenal are close to tying up a move for
France defender Sebastien Squillaci. The 30-year-old was in London
for a medical after the Gunners agreed a fee with Sevilla on Sunday
night, and an announcement of the deal’s completion was expected
either on Monday night or on Tuesday.