Tuesday 11 December 2018

Walcott dedicates Rovers rout to Wenger

ARSENAL winger Theo Walcott believes the team owed manager Arsene Wenger a big performance to get their Premier League campaign back on track.

The Gunners thumped Blackburn 7-1 at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday -- their first league win of the year -- which saw them close the gap on fourth-placed Chelsea to three points after the Blues' 3-3 draw against Manchester United on Sunday.

Walcott feels it was about time the Arsenal players got it right after a frustrating spell.

"The boss always takes a lot of stick, but us players need to look up to him because he's been taking it all," the England international said.

"We are the ones who go out there and put out the performances and sometimes they have not been good enough."

Walcott added: "Hopefully a lot of those frustrations came out against Blackburn, where everybody stood up for themselves."

Recent performances from 18-year-old Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who scored a brace against Blackburn, have led to calls for him to be fast-tracked into the senior England side, although the former Southampton trainee is wary of things moving too quickly.

Walcott has found himself criticised for a lack of end product, but the 22-year-old sees the bigger picture.

He said: "One of my main jobs as a winger is to get assists. Some of them against Blackburn were just tap-ins so it was like a goal really."

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