Arsenal have "a very good chance" of challenging for the title this season, according to Theo Walcott.

The England forward topped the Gunners' scoring charts last term with 21 in all competitions - the first time Walcott has broken the 20-goal barrier in his career.

Arsenal won nine of their last 11 games last season and the 24-year-old believes they can take that momentum into the new campaign.

"The teams that finished above us have changed their managers," said Walcott. "We've still got ours.

"It's always going to be tough. Every game in the Premier League is very tough and very interesting. It always comes down to the last few games. So we need to believe in ourselves.

“The way we ended the season last year, 11 games undefeated - we need to do it from the start, which I believe we can. The manager shows so much belief in us in every single game so we need to step up and I think we've got a very good chance of challenging this season.

"I got 21 goals last season and I want to try and push on from there. I want to try and get to 25. That's my benchmark but I believe in myself and that's the main thing.

"Time will tell if players come in or not but we just work with the squad we've got at the moment. Come the start of the season, there could be changes. We know it's a very long campaign but we're all very excited about our prospects."

Copyright 2014 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 Chris Harris 16 Jul 2013