By Rob Kelly

Theo Walcott says Arsenal are now “breathing down the necks” of third-placed Tottenham as the season enters its closing stages.

Thomas Vermaelen’s last-gasp strike against Newcastle on Monday night secured a fifth straight league victory for Arsène Wenger’s side.

It means they lie just a point behind Spurs but Walcott says the Gunners must maintain their focus if they are to overtake their North London rivals.

“We want to win and make this Club into a club it should be,” he said. “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.”

With third place guaranteeing an automatic place in next year’s Champions League, Walcott is determined to end the campaign on a high.

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

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