Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger has hailed the performance of England international Theo Walcott after their 3-1 relaxed win over Watford in the third round of games in the Premier League.
The Frenchman has defended the player several times when fans pressure him to push out the longest serving player in the team.
“I said before the season started that we will get a different Theo Walcott this year. If he can maintain that focus, that desire and that fighting attitude, then he will have a great season,” a proud Wenger said. Walcott was brilliant during the game, helping with the attack.
In the season’s first game against Liverpool, he controlled the ball well before scoring the first for Arsenal this term. He has been decent in the other two games in the Premier League so far. He missed a penalty, but Santi Cazorla didn’t, scoring the penalty to get the Gunners first against Watford. Walcott was close to adding the second in quick succession as he caught unto a Cazorla pass but Heurelho Gomez saved it from scoring using his feet.
Watford threatened as Amrabat moved past Nacho Monreal but it didn’t quite happen. Sanchez moved to add the second but Gomes saved it again. Walcott got an assist as Sanchez latched onto his 40th minute cross, sending the ball to the net. Goal line technology came to immediate rescue as many were not sure if the ball had entered at first.
Walcott remained impressive at the right flank, as his attempt was saved by Gomes yet again. It was not long before Arsenal compounded the woes of the hosts as Sanchez sent a well timed cross to the head of Mesut Ozil who was running into the box. Ozil headed the ball home, leaving the defence shocked.
Roberto Pereyra came in the second half as a substitute to score the only goal for Watford in the 57th minute. Wenger added that he hopes Walcott wouldn’t suffer any setback to his brilliant season thus far. “I hope he has no setback because he is an intelligent player, he is focused and has a great desire to prove his critics wrong and he’s on a good way,” Wenger said.
Even after Arsenal were humbled by Liverpool at home in the first game of the season, coach Arsene Wenger said that the management were working hard to get one or two more players in.
It’s been a difficult few years for the French manager as his approval ratings fast erode, but Wenger is still optimistic of his young and inexperienced squad. Olympique Lyon’s Alexandre Lacazette remains a long term target for the Gunners and there The Guardian reports that there is new evidence that the move will happen as Arsenal need a centre back and a striker badly. Lacazette scored a hat trick against Nancy in the French Ligue 1 in the opening weekend of the season. The player has admitted that if a big money move comes that he could not refuse, he would not.
Another player on Arsenal’s radar is Mario Lemina who’s with Serie A champions Juventus. The player originally belongs to Marseille and the rumoured bid of €16 million from the Premier League giant would likely not be enough. The Bianconeri want at least €4 million more with other clubs like Schalke interested.
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Arsenal just finished going through a season which was actually considered to be an impressive one for Arsene Wenger and his team as they managed to win the FA Cup for a 2nd consecutive year and finished at the 3rd spot of the Premier League.
Even though Arsene Wenger still has not managed to win the Premier League title in over 8 years, Arsenal still concluded the past season strong and the players as well as the supporters of the club were proud of what was accomplished during that period of time.
The summer transfer window is approaching and managers are preparing their respective squads by searching around the transfer market and signing new players but according to one of the executives of Arsenal, Ivan Gazidis believes that improving the team even further will be difficult as the Premier League club already has a strong team.
Arsenal’s Ivan Gazidis spoke about the current position of the club in relation to signing new players and he said: “We’ve built quietly and without a lot of fanfare a good and deep squad. Now this summer is quite a delicate one for us, because it’s easy to improve when you’ve got obvious weaknesses, but I feel we’ve got a very good and strong squad across all positions. We’ve got a very healthy age profile, it’s a young squad and we’re in great contract positions as well, lots of long contracts, not too many people we have many issues with contract wise. The challenge for us, and what a great challenge to have, is how you improve that. Continue reading The head chief of Arsenal, Ivan Gazidis believes that it will be difficult to improve the team →