By FOX SPORTS staff
With their hopes of winning the Champions League extinguished by Bayern Munich, Arsenal must emerge on top in their fierce domestic battle with neighbours Tottenham and Chelsea to make the cut for the tournament next season.
Speaking to The Mirror, Walcott admitted that he was desperate for the club to secure a place in Europe's premier competition.
"We want to be at places like Bayern Munich again. It would be a tragedy for this team not to be in the Champions League," Walcott stated.
"Since I’ve been at Arsenal, I’ve always been in the Champions League and I definitely want to keep it that way."
The Gunners' run in the tournament came to an end during the Round of 16 despite mounting a valiant comeback against Bayern in the second leg and the former Southampton man cited their display as an example of what the team were truly capable of.
"The way we played in Germany shows how much we have underperformed at times this season," Walcott said.
"It’s been up and down. For the big occasions, we tend to turn up – it’s just very frustrating."