Date: 29th September 2016 at 5:22pm
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Manager Arsene Wenger was delighted with the performance of Theo Walcott in last night’s two nil victory over FC Basel in the Champions League.

Hosting the side at the Emirates Stadium for the Group A game, two Walcott goals in the opening 30 minutes made the game and maximum points ours, and with a clear game dominance, the margin of victory could’ve been larger.

Speaking to the Official Site in his post game press conference, Wenger said of Walcott that his improvement is down to the players’ own focus.

‘It is not the chat that I had with him which makes you score goals. He assessed where he stands and then rectified what he had to add to his game. That`s down to him, 95 per cent down to him. The rest came from a first half of top quality, the pace, the quality of our movement, our technical quality. We created many dangerous situations.’

The obvious England question came up.

‘The best recommendation is his performances. It`s difficult to ignore him. If you take the best English players and you see him playing the way he did tonight, it`s difficult to ignore him. I will leave that with Gareth Southgate.’

As did the obvious question about him and England.

‘My priority has always been this club and, until the end of this season, I`m here. I`m completely focused on that. That`s not decided. I`ve said many times that my priority has always been Arsenal Football Club and I have to assess how well I do until the end of the season.’

As for the overall performance itself, he compared it to the Chelsea match.

‘I would like to congratulate my team for the quality of what they produced tonight. My only regret is that we didn`t take enough of the chances that we created. It`s a good basis to have a taste for more. We eased off a bit in the second half and we couldn`t score the third goal. We still had plenty of chances but it`s tough to maintain that pace, accuracy in the passing and speed in the game over 90 minutes. The first half was top, top quality like what we produced against Chelsea.’

He also had praise for the team for starting the game in such a bright manner, and he know confidence of recent results obviously helps that.

‘It`s down to hard work of course, but also belief and belief comes with the last results. The confidence comes with the last result. We were a bit edgy at home for a few games but now it looks like we are playing with full pace and power. Now it`s down to us to continue to improve. I think we can do better and that will be down to our humility. We`ll start again tomorrow morning and then focus on our next game.’

Asked for a prediction on Arsenal lifting the Champions League trophy this season, he added simply.

‘It`s way too early. Much too early. It looks like the team has interesting potential. We have to be ambitious and, as you know, keep our feet on the ground to continue to develop. We know exactly how we want to play football and we have to continue to stick to that and get better at it. That demands big focus and some leadership inside the squad. It also requires humility.’

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