Arsenal star Theo Walcott now believes the club can go on to challenge for the title after their 5-2 victory over Leicester City on Saturday, according to reports from the Daily Mail.
Walcott equalized for the Gunners after initially going 1-0 down against the Foxes, but there was only going to be one winner after Alexis Sanchez grabbed an emphatic hat-trick for Arsene Wenger’s men.
And the England international is confident that Sanchez can continue his goalscoring form despite the immense pressure put on him following a 25-goal campaign last term.
“Once he scores goals we are going to be more of a threat without a doubt,” he said.
“Even when he is not scoring he is happy for the team to do well. That’s the sign of a great team player.
“When you come into the Premier League and you score that amount of goals obviously there is going to be a lot of pressure on your shoulders straight away.
“There is a lot of expectation on him because of the fee and just because of who he is. But he is not fazed by anything.
“He doesn’t put pressure on himself. He is a very chilled, relaxed man, he always plays with a smile on his face and that’s what you want in a team. You want players in a dressing room who enjoy playing football.
“He always works hard for the team. If he doesn’t score he is always tracking back, always wants the ball. He is not scared and doesn’t shy away in games.
“The goals are always going to be there. It’s just a matter of time and now I am sure he is going to flourish.”
The 26-year-old went on to add that he is extremely happy to be playing up front for the club, but is open to returning to the flanks after Olivier Giroud bagged his third goal of the season coming off the bench against Leicester.
“I’ve been biding my time to get the opportunity to play up front, I’ve said that I wanted to play up front for a while now,” added Walcott. “I’ve said I could play anywhere on those flanks as well.
“Its’ a good option for the manager to have to be honest and if I can continue to play well I can stay there. But I need to be able to contribute well.”
Arsenal are only three points away from the Premier League summit, with league leaders Manchester United travelling to the Emirates on Sunday in what is expected to be an epic encounter.