Walcott: Van Persie injury wrecked Arsenal title chances

Arsenal winger Theo Walcott is convinced they would be challenging for silverware this season if Robin van Persie had remained fit.

The Gunners are on course for a third-place finish and Walcott concedes that the injury to star striker Robin van Persie was a major thorn in their side.

"People say if we had Robin we could have a bit more of a chance," he said.

"Players that came in, Nicklas Bendtner's done fantastically well, scoring goals, and that's what you get judged on.

"We've had a lot of defensive problems as well but the likes of Sol (Campbell) have come in and done a great job."

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