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We work harder without Cesc, Nasri - Arsenal's Walcott

Arsenal winger Theo Walcott feels the team has united more since the summer departures of two star players.

Former captain Cesc Fabregas departed for boyhood club Barcelona whilst Samir Nasri joined Manchester City and although the loss of the duo caused some problems early in the campaign, Walcott feels that the Gunners squad has begun to work harder for each other in their absence.

"I'm not saying that Cesc and Samir were individual players, they were great team players, but when you lose two top players everyone needs to come together," Walcott told the Arsenal Player.

"The manager has brought in some good additions and we are a bit more of a team, we work harder when we haven't got the ball.

"We have a lot more clean sheets as well, and having [Thomas] Vermaelen back is very important as he is a massive player for us.

"The next thing the whole team needs to share the goals more.

"Samir and Cesc used to get quite a lot of them and Robin van Persie has been getting most of them so that's our next step."

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