Arsenal forward Theo Walcott has urged the Gunners to get the ball rolling at the start of the season and to regain their fear factor. He wants opponents to fear coming to the Emirates Stadium.
The England international enjoyed his best season for the club last year topping the clubs scoring charts with 21 goals and hopes he and his team mates can improve yet again in the upcoming campaign.
Arsenal are without a trophy for eight years and Walcott believes that the 2013/14 season could be the year that the club can break there torrid run. Arsenal pipped rivals Tottenham to fourth place to qualify for the Champions League, gaining 26 points from a possible 30, remaining unbeaten for the final 10 games of the season.
“It’s quite frustrating at times. We finished last season unbeaten, we should have done that at the start of the season, who knows where we would have been.”
The 24-year-old is yet to taste success with the Gunners and is desperate to do so after penning a new three and a half year deal in January and thinks home games are key.
“We want the fear factor at the Emirates like Highbury used to have, we want the fear factor back at Arsenal.”
The speedster wants the glory of days of Arsenal to return and a strong start to the season is vital. The players are due to fly out to the Far East to start their pre-season tour with a friendly on Sunday against an Indonesian Dream Team. After their seven warm up matches, they host Aston Villa in the Premier League opener before crucial Champions League qualifiers in an important opening month.
Arsene Wenger is yet to make a significant contribution in the transfer market only brining in young forward Yaya Sanogo. A deal for Gonzalo Higuain was believed to be close but has since gone cold with the asking price rising and Real Madrid retracting their decision to sell. The club are also linked with Wayne Rooney, Marouane Fellaini, Stevan Jovetic and Luis Suarez but are struggling to make any marquee signings yet.