December 30, 2012

Walcott Bags 3 Goals Against Newcastle

Theo Walcott
Theo Walcott

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger was delighted with his goal-hungry Gunners as they tore the tormented Toon defenders apart on Saturday night in a match that ended with Arsenal 7 Vs Newcastle 3.

Theo Walcott grabbed a hat-trick, Olivier Giroud scored two and there were singles for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Lukas Podolski as the London side moved up to fifth in the table.

Arsenal’s first three goals were pegged back on each occasion by two strikes from Demba Ba and one by Sylvain Marveaux but they could do nothing about the four that came later.

The second half positively exploded with end-to-end action and eight goals.

Wenger felt the result slightly flattered his team. He said, “It was not as comfortable as the score indicated.”

“We played against a good team and they were always a threat going forward. They gave us many problems.”

Walcott is out of the contract in the summer and one of the stumbling blocks to him singing a new deal is his desire to play regularly as a central striker.

Wenger was thrilled with his performance but hinted he is not yet ready to pick the 23-year-old only through the middle.

The manager said, “We cannot ask much more than three goals and the performance he gave today.

“I said I’m convinced that he can play in there – he has qualities – and he can only improve the more he plays there.”

“He can play on the left, right or through the middle and it is good because Giroud is basically a centre-forward only so I can play the two together.”

Walcott said, “It was just end to end and very open. When it’s open it plays into my hands to be honest.”

 

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