Date: 29th January 2017 at 8:52pm
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FA Cup fourth round goalscorers Danny Welbeck and Theo Walcott have been giving their thoughts following victory over Southampton.

With Welbeck continuing his return to fitness following his lengthy spell on the sidelines by getting a brace and Walcott helping himself to a hattrick on the day, both players were in front of the Official Site and the wider media in post game interviews, and beginning with Welbeck he was clearly delighted to have grabbed the brace not only for the part it played in our victory but also on a personal front given his injury struggles.

The game was also his first start of the current campaign so a further milestone in his recovery.

‘It was obviously good to be back out on the pitch after such a long time out, it`s been a tough few months. I think because I had this experience before, coming back from an injury, I kind of knew what to expect even though it`s a tough time. The end game is to be back out on the pitch and playing in the first team and I got that opportunity today. I`m certainly looking forward to doing it many more times.’

As for Walcott, he was delighted to see the side up and at the hosts from the first minute and he felt given the overall performance the scoreline was justified.

‘We know how it`s been when we come to Southampton, they tend to be our bogey side to be honest. But from the word go, we were ready. We`ve been lacking on poor starts lately. It`s nice that we created a lot of chances and we tucked them away, and it`s a clean sheet which is what we aim for in any game.’

With Walcott taking the match ball following his hattrick at his old club, he went on to add.

‘I wouldn`t say it`s payback at all. It`s been so long now, I`ve had some great memories and Southampton always will be in my heart without a doubt. I enjoyed playing football here at the time and obviously I`ve enjoyed tonight. Fantastic game today, but Southampton are a strong team. They`ve obviously done very well in the (League) cup competition – I`ll be cheering them on in the final and they`re very strong in the Premier League. But going back to us, a lot of changes today were made. We`ve managed to do our talking on the pitch.’

With Wenger missing from the dug out as he served the first of his four match ban, Walcott added.

‘We`re on the pitch, we just try to do our job. When things are going well it`s great, it`s obviously important for the manager to be there, but he was in the dressing room before and after the game and during half-time, but we know our jobs. We`ve been in the game for a long time, we`ve got so much experience and we wanted to get the win today.’

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