Arsenal ready to pounce on Tottenham frailties in race for third - Walcott

The winger admits that the Gunners are targetting the automatic Champions League qualification spot following another last-gasp winner on Monday night closed the gap further

Theo Walcott has said that confidence is high at Arsenal after victory over Newcastle left them only a point behind rivals Tottenham in the battle for third place.

Thomas Vermaelen's stoppage time winner gave the Gunners all three points in what could prove to be valuable in their search for automatic qualification to the Champions League group stage.

Despite an inconsistent season, Walcott is confident that Arsenal can push on and challenge for a top three place by capitalising on supposed Tottenham mental frailties.

“We want to win and make this Club into a club it should be," he told the club’s official website. "It's been an up-and-down season but it's the way you finish that matters. Tottenham, we're breathing down their necks now and hopefully they can feel it.

“I am sure they are slightly worried. They have some top-class players as well and no game is easy in the Premier League. We will find it tough going away to Everton, so we will see what happens.

“We won't get too carried away with this result [against Newcastle], we just want to push on and keep getting the three points. Then we will see where it takes us.

He continued: It's really important [to claim third] and hopefully we finish above Spurs as well. That is an even bigger bonus for the fans especially. It will be a very good year definitely.”

"We are only one point behind Tottenham and nobody would have thought that a couple of months ago. It just shows how strong we are not only as a team but as collective individuals as well."

"I hope the derby will be a season-defining moment. Only time will tell and we don't want to get ahead of ourselves because we have a lot of tough games and so do Tottenham. But we don't need to concentrate on them, we need to concentrate on ourselves."

The in-form winger, on the brink of turning 23-years-old, believes that his self-assurance is key behind his current upturn in form.

"We try and play well in every game but if it's not happening you just have to try and forget about it. In the Tottenham game I did that and since then I've just been expressing myself."

"I'm enjoying playing football at the moment, I'm still only 22 - 23 on Friday - so there is still a lot to come from me I'm sure. But I feel great, I've never played so much in my life on a consistent level for 90 minutes."

"It obviously helps when the team is winning as well, that is important. The confidence just flows through the whole team. We have a lot of players coming back to fitness as well so there is more competition and you want to be on your toes. We're looking in good shape at the moment."

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