By Joe Brewin

Theo Walcott believes the FA Cup is a first-class opportunity for Arsenal to claim silverware this season.

The forward helped his team secure their passage to the fifth round with a 3-2 win over Aston Villa on Sunday, grabbing his sixth goal of the season during a stunning second-half turnaround.

With both Manchester clubs out of the competition already, Walcott believes his trophy dreams can come true sooner rather than later.

“This is a great opportunity for us because some of the big teams have gone out,” he said. “But I think if we do start thinking a bit too far ahead, maybe we will be disappointed at the end of it.

“This is a cup competition that we can win and we need to believe that we can. But our priority is not that now, it is Wednesday’s game [at Bolton]. That’s what everybody is like in the dressing room.

“It was a great result for us but everyone will go home, put their feet up, recover tomorrow and then travel and go again on Wednesday.”

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard last week admitted that a domestic cup triumph would be more satisfying than a top-four finish. Walcott is not sure if he agrees.

“That’s a tough question,” he said. “I would like to finish fourth or even higher. I would like to win any trophy we can. I am the sort of player who won’t be thinking about that because it is a long season. We are going to work hard to do whatever we can.

“Medals are something I would like, I would like to look back on my career at the trophies I have won. There are none yet. I’d like to do everything but obviously trophies are the main thing.”

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30 Jan 2012