Date: 29th September 2016 at 11:35pm
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Brace goalscorer in midweek in the Champions League tie against Basel, Theo Walcott, has been giving his thoughts on the match.

Taking the two nil victory at the Emirates Stadium, Walcott was quick to praise the performance and growing partnership he has with Alexis Sanchez – as Sanchez more than played his part in the victory by grabbing the two assists on the evening.

Speaking to the Official Site in his own post game press interviews, a very happy Walcott explained.

‘It`s getting a good sort of partnership there, but it`s not just that, the whole team seems to be clicking. Me and Hector have got a good relationship on that right-hand side, it`s quite a pacy right-hand side. I think the whole team tends to react well and defend well as a unit and clean sheets are going to win games because we`re going to score plenty of goals. That combination between me and Alexis, it`s boding well but it`s obviously still very early into the season, so hopefully we can all stay fit and it`s going to be a good run.’


‘It`s started off very well. I will look back on this game but, yeah, the combinations between me and him are very positive at this moment in time. We seem to sort of know when we play off each other quite well. If he comes short, I go long and we`ve just got a good sort of combinations. The whole team has tended to play very well together, and when we lose the ball everyone tries to be first to get it back. That starts from Alexis at the top and he sets the pace for us all, and it seems to be clicking at this moment in time.’

With the result lifting expectations and hopes for this campaign, he also went on to say that the aim is to continue to improve and learn the lessons we’ve had in previous years.

‘He (Wenger) wanted us not just to stand still and get a good result against Chelsea and then that`s it. You could just tell tonight that the intensity was there from the start. It died off towards the end but that`s obviously understandable. But then again, we kept the clean sheet – that`s what we want to do. We know how well offensively we are, but everyone is doing their defensive job and everyone`s working hard for each other. That`s the experience we`ve got in this team now, and it`s paying off.’

He went on to say.

‘We just always want to start off the game with so much pace. As soon as we do that it puts a team on the back foot and you don`t want to be playing against Arsenal when we`re firing on all cylinders, and we did tonight. The first half again was fantastic. We knew after the Chelsea game that it couldn`t just stop there and everyone`s got to be proud because it`s not easy to play game after game every three days. Everyone has recovered well and we`re going to have to do exactly the same. We`re going to have a different test against Burnley at the weekend and we`ve got to make sure we`re going to be ready because again, it`s going to be a difficult game.’

Laurent Koscielny was also briefly interviewed after the game, and he knew Arsenal were a danger for anybody when we play like that – so the aim is to keep playing like that.

‘When we have good movement, with the quality and speed of our passing and when it is on a high level, we can be a danger in every situation. We have been better for the past two or three weeks and we need to keep this and not to think that because we played well previously, the results will come. We need to fight on the pitch and defend together, to be better in the transition from offence to defence and from defence to attack. It is very important to keep our feet on the floor, to work and then the results will come.’

As for the defensive showing and his growing partnership with new signing Shkodran Mustafi, he went on to say that the whole team deserved credit for the clean sheet.

‘We kept another clean sheet, so it is very good. Mustafi and I need time to know each other well and it is very important to communicate well. We did a good job because the whole team defended well and when we play like this, with all the players helping their team-mates, it is easier for us at the back.’

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