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.