By Chris Harris
Arsenal's festive fixtures could not have started better. Now Theo Walcott wants to keep spirits high with a win at Wigan.
The forward scored one goal and made another as Arsène Wenger's side registered a significant 3-1 victory over Chelsea at Emirates Stadium to kick off a run of four games in nine days in style.
That congested schedule concludes with another marquee home match against Manchester City next week but first Arsenal must head north to Wigan and then Birmingham - fixtures they took just one point from last season.
Walcott was beaming after Monday's win over Chelsea but he has called for focus ahead of Wednesday's clash with Roberto Martinez's side.
"We have to go on a run of wins," said the 21-year--old. "If you want to be champions and win the League you need to go to places like Wigan and win.
"We need to do it in every game. It's difficult to do throughout the whole 90 minutes but on Monday there was so much energy the whole team had [against Chelsea]. Come Wednesday we need to do that again because it's going to be tough.
"We lost there last season so we don't want to do that again. We have to travel a long distance to get there as well."
Arsenal currently lie in second place in the Premier League table, two points adrift of leaders Manchester United having played a game more. Walcott knows that the Christmas and New Year period gives the Gunners a chance to bridge that gap.
"The Christmas period is massive, it's so busy with so many games. A lot of points are dropped so we need to catch up by getting points," he said.
"They are big games [against Birmingham and Manchester City] but they're in the future at the moment so we'll just concentrate on Wednesday. We'll just keep on clocking up those points and not try and think that teams are going to help us out in some way.
"We're not too bothered about that, we just want to concentrate on ourselves."Copyright 2016 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source