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Arsenal forward hails 'most exciting Premier League'

Arsenal forward Theo Walcott feels the title race the Gunners are currently leading is shaping up as the most exciting yet in the Premier League era.

Arsenal have their best chance of title success in a decade. Credit: PA

Arsene Wenger's men reclaimed top spot with Sunday's 0-0 draw at Stoke, but they are only above second-placed surprise package Leicester on goal difference, while Manchester City are just a point worse off in third.

Tottenham and Manchester United, fourth and fifth respectively, also look to be still in the mix.

You can't tell what's going to happen, it's just so tight. With the amount of teams that could potentially win this league, it's probably going to be the most exciting Premier League for a neutral ever, I think.

No one can call it but we're top and we can be proud of that at this moment in time.

– Arsenal forward Theo Walcott

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Walcott aiming to make Arsenal striker spot his own

Theo Walcott knows he and Arsenal need to be more clinical after their 2-0 win over Stoke.

The England forward started up front and missed a number of chances before netting the opening goal to reward manager Arsene Wenger's faith.

Theo Walcott scored Arsenal's opener versus Stoke. Credit: PA

"I was pleased with that goal," Walcott said.

"Luckily I managed to grab one out of my many chances. I was disappointed because I should have got many, many more, but I'm getting the chances so I'm happy with that.

"When you get given the opportunity you have to try to grab the goals when you can.

"We create chances so we just have to put them away. We're starting to get back to the old Arsenal."

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Walcott desperate to stay at Arsenal

Theo wants to stay at Arsenal. Credit: PA

Arsenal forward Theo Walcott is keen to extend his stay with the Gunners, but is taking a relaxed view to contract negotiations.

Walcott, who joined the north London club in 2006 when he was 16-years-old, believes Arsene Wenger's side could be on the verge of something special after his goal helped them secure back-to-back FA Cup triumphs in May.

The 26-year-old, who last penned a three-and-a-half-year deal 18 months ago, is planning to just focus on his football and getting a full pre-season under his belt.

"My agent has talked to the club, I enjoy playing for this club so I am just letting them crack on with things and I'll continue playing football," Walcott told several national newspapers.

"We'll just play the waiting game and see what happens but I'm sure it won't be long. This squad, for me, is one of the best I've been involved in. I want to be part of that."

When asked if he would be happy to let any talks carry on beyond the start of the new campaign, he said: "Definitely. It's not in my thought process at all. You don't want to dwell on it, you want to play well and if it happens it happens.

"I won't let that delay the way I'm going to be playing this season. I can't let that affect me, I want to do well for this club."

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