Walcott: This is the best Arsenal squad for 10 years

The winger says the current side is the best he has been involved with ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup final

Theo Walcott believes the current Arsenal squad is the best he has been part of in his 10 years at the club.

The Gunners are gearing up for their second consecutive FA Cup final, looking to become only the second team to retain the FA Cup twice, when they face Aston Villa at Wembley Stadium on Saturday.

Arsenal suffered their worst ever start to a Premier League season earlier this term, but a remarkable upturn in form since the turn of the year saw them claim third spot, and Walcott feels a title challenge is a must.

“Overall finishing third is a step up from last year, but as I’ve said before we need to be really challenging for that Premier League,” Walcott told talkSPORT.

“Personally, I’ve been there 10 years and this is the best squad I’ve actually been involved in.”

Walcott only recently returned from a long injury-induced absence and scored a hat-trick on the final day of the league season to give Arsene Wenger a timely reminder of his talents ahead of the Wembley showdown.

He added: “I’ve done my part. I just want to play and being given the opportunity at the weekend and I played pretty well.”

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