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Theo Walcott expects Arsenal to end trophy pain


Theo Walcott

Theo Walcott

Theo Walcott

Arsenal winger Theo Walcott hopes success in the Carling Cup will spark a trophy frenzy at the Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners' failure to win any silverware since 2005 has prompted Arsene Wenger to reassess the importance of the competition.

Wenger selected some of his more seasoned campaigners for Wednesday night's 4-0 victory at Newcastle as the club claimed a place in the quarter-finals for an eighth successive season.

The Frenchman has traditionally viewed the Carling Cup as an opportunity to test his youngsters, but his change in policy has the approval of Walcott.

“This is a great opportunity for us to win the Carling Cup. We want to win trophies,” said Walcott.

“People might say it's the Mickey Mouse cup and stuff like that but for me, personally, it's a trophy.

“Our fans have been desperate for us to win a trophy and the players have as well.

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“Hopefully we can win the Carling Cup and it will be one of many. If we continue to play football like that it's looking bright for us.

“We take every game seriously but we're getting better with the experience we have now.

“To win 4-0 at Newcastle is a great confidence booster.”

Walcott was instrumental in the romp at St James' Park, showing his trademark pace and a clinical touch in a performance that will have delighted Wenger and England coach Fabio Capello.

It was the 21-year-old's first start since early September after recovering from an ankle injury.

Walcott's finishing has been criticised in the past, but he hopes he may be beginning to win over the doubters after striking five goals in six appearances for Arsenal this season.

“I've practised a lot in training for six weeks. Against Newcastle hopefully I've showed people what I can do,” he said.

“I want to take that into Saturday's game against West Ham.”

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