Date: 21st February 2017 at 1:01pm
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Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain have been giving their thoughts following Monday evening’s FA Cup victory over Sutton United.

With Walcott joining Lucas Perez on the scoresheet in the two nil victory at Gander Green Lane, for him it meant his 100th goal for the club, and he becomes only the 18th player to reach the century of strikes.

Having joined the club back in 2006, Walcott admitted to the Official Site that it certainly wasn’t a number he envisaged he’d get to back then but 370 appearances later, with a number of substitute showings, he’s done just that.

‘No, not really. I always wanted to put my all in, hard work, but never really expected to be in that category of 100 goals for Arsenal. It`s great. I`m lost for words to be fair because I didn`t really think about it before and it`s just happened. It`ll probably hit me in a few days I`m sure, but I really enjoyed that.’

He went on to say.

‘I`m really proud of that personal achievement of mine. Especially playing out wide, to get that many goals. I don`t want it to stop now. It`s a really good achievement, I`m really happy. I couldn`t have done it without the guys as well, past and present, and I can`t thank them enough, all the players I`ve played with up to this point, and this group is brilliant. That`s a special moment for myself personally.’

As for his thoughts on the game itself, he was pleased with the showing as obviously the playing surface was a challenge of its own.

‘The pitch we obviously had to adjust to, I`m not used to playing on pitches like that. To be honest it was fairly decent. A lot of the time the ball would get away from you or get stuck under your feet when you run with it, but overall it was a good, professional performance tonight. Generally every single pass needs to be perfection, because it`ll just go. At times, in the second half especially, it was getting away from us quite a lot.’

He ended by saying.

‘The longer it went on, we needed to get a second goal. Thankfully we got it in the end and it`s going to be a very interesting tie in the next round – I`m really looking forward to that.’

As for Oxlade-Chamberlain, he loved the experience of their ground and the day and was obviously delighted we ended the trip with victory.

‘I grew up in League One so I`m used to these kind of stadiums on tough away nights on a Monday. Having that experience again, I think that was one of the most exciting times I`ve had this season. Just coming off the bus and seeing people in such close proximity and everyone out in force to support both sides was a really good experience for me. I really enjoyed it.’

Oxlade-Chamberlain went on to joke that a number in the squad would’ve found it an experience given their careers so far.

‘Obviously it was something certain players haven`t seen in England yet. I don`t think Alexis has experienced a game like that in a place like this! Everyone was really excited and looking forward to it. It`s obviously different to what we`re used to and it was another challenge for us to get our heads around. Even being on the bench first half, just looking around and seeing all the fans really enjoying themselves was great. And then to have a few moments at the end with the Sutton players in the dressing room was really nice – that`s what the cup is all about.’

With Lincoln City and another non league clash next in the quarter finals, he went on to say.

‘It`s another really exciting one for both sides. After what they did at Burnley, I`m sure Lincoln will be right up for that. So we`re going to have to go into that one with very concentrated minds and get the result.’

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