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Walcott: Arsenal showed they have character

Theo Walcott believes Arsenal have proved they have the determination to get themselves back into the Premier League title race. With their title rivals all slipping up on Saturday, Arsene Wenger's men made the most of the opportunity, battling back from 1-0 down to triumph 2-1 at Liverpool.

The Frenchman had been so disgusted by the first-half display at Anfield that he declared his players were not fit to wear the Arsenal shirt - a rant which had the desired effect.

England forward Walcott declared: "Results like this show we are no pushovers.

"Being 1-0 down at Anfield, it is a hostile place, but we showed great spirit to come back and win.

"We wanted to give something back to the fans because they were fantastic for us."

Walcott maintains Arsenal have what it takes to cope without injured Holland international Robin van Persie, who will be sidelined until at least April with ankle ligament damage.

"We believe we can mount a challenge without Robin," said Walcott, quoted in the London Evening Standard.

"Robin will be an unbelievable miss, but we have got people like Andrey coming in to fill the gaps. He is fantastic as well and will definitely clock up plenty of goals."

Walcott knows Arsenal must now continue their resurgence with another away victory at Turf Moor on Wednesday night.

"It is great to get these three points and gradually get closer to Chelsea and Manchester United," the 20-year-old said.

"We have a game in hand coming up, but we must look to Wednesday's game at Burnley now, aim to get the three points and we will be right there at the end of the season."

Walcott said to Arsenal TV Online: "The boss gave us a round of applause when we came in, and all the lads were bubbling.

"None of us were happy with the first half. We were 1-0 down and hadn't played well.

"The boss just showed his passion for the game and that he has belief in us.

"It woke us up and that's what you have got to do as a manager.

"It worked, because coming in at the end of the game and getting a round of applause from the boss showed that we listened to him."

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