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Walcott: ‘We Need To Play With No Fear’

Arsenal travels to Stamford Bridge on Saturday for a huge matchup against reigning champions Chelsea. Striker Theo Walcott knows what they need to do to secure a victory.

“I think we need to play with no fear,” Walcott told Arsenal.com. “You can see how Chelsea have started the season, no one has given them any respite on the ball at all, and I think we need to be exactly the same like that.

“We’re playing with confidence, I know we had that result the other day, but in the Premier League we’ve been getting positive results.

“Chelsea need to react in a good way, so they are going to need to come for us and that could play into our hands maybe.

“Everyone will be fighting for it – we want to have a different result to in previous years there.”

Arsenal did beat Chelsea 1-0 in their previous meeting this season in the Community Shield.

“People say [the win in August] was only the Community Shield, but the Community Shield is a competitive match,” Walcott said. “It’s always nice to win these big games.

“You remember what you did right and the positives from the game come out from it. We just need to do the basics again – we need to do the right things with everyone on it and [doing] their job defensively as well.

“We know that we can keep clean sheets. That’s important in the Premier League now and you’ve seen it with our record.

“It will be a tight game, I’m sure, but we need to make sure we take our chances. That’s key.”

Walcott, 26, scored one of the goals in Arsenal’s 2-0 victory over Stoke City last weekend after getting moved to the striker position by manager Arsene Wenger.

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