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Arsenal Star Theo Walcott Hopes Trophy Flood Can Follow Silverware Drought

Walcott thinks that FA Cup success against Hull City could send Arsenal on a trophy-winning spree.

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Arsenal forward Theo Walcott reckons that the Gunners have the potential to win multiple trophies next season.

The North London club’s last piece of silverware came back in 2005 when they beat Manchester United in a penalty shootout to win the FA Cup in Cardiff.

Since then, Arsene Wenger’s men have reached three finals and lost all of them – to Barcelona in the 2006 Champions League, to Chelsea in the 2007 League Cup and to Birmingham City in the 2011 League Cup.

They will have another great opportunity to end their lengthy drought next month, when they take on Hull City in the FA Cup final at Wembley.

Walcott will miss the match with a knee injury, but he believes that a victory could give Arsenal the confidence they need to challenge on all fronts next season.

He told Arsenal.com: “I miss everyone as you want to be back on the pitch with your team-mates. But I think next season will be a massive one for myself and the team.

“If we win the FA Cup, which we have a great chance to do with the way we are playing, the players are going to want more trophies. I think the first one is so important – once you win that, you’ll win more and more. I’m pretty sure of that.

“It would be great for the boss to win a trophy again, too. He’s shown so much belief in us throughout the years. If we don’t play well, he always reflects it back on him, even though it’s our job to go out there each week and try to perform.

“That just shows how much faith he has in us all and it’s really important to him. The years just before I arrived here were unbelievable and he wants that again.”

Walcott ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during Arsenal’s 2-0 win over local rivals Tottenham Hotspur in the third round of the FA Cup in January.

The injury ruled the 25-year-old out for the rest of the season, as well as this summer’s World Cup.

However, he should be fit to take part in the majority of Arsenal’s pre-season games.

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