Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Gunners Urged to Fire out a Warning

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Gunners Urged to Fire out a Warning

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THEO Walcott has called for Arsenal to "step it up" and lay down a marker in the Barclays Premier League title race with a flying start to the new season.

The Gunners are set to play the second match of their Asia tour against a Vietnam XI at the My Dinh National Stadium today as boss Arsene Wenger continues his squad's preparations for the new campaign.

There has been much talk of the need for Arsenal to bring in some marquee signings this summer - with one PS30m bid for Liverpool's Uruguay striker Luis Suarez rejected, while Real Madrid's PS25m-rated forward Gonzalo Higuain, Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini, and even Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney have been touted as arrivals.

Walcott, who was top scorer with 21 goals last term, believes no matter what the team makeup is, they must all build on a superb end to last season.

The Gunners went on a 10-match unbeaten league run to snatch fourth place ahead of Tottenham and with it secure another shot at the Champions League, with a two-legged playoff ahead next month. …

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