Wenger hails Walcott performance

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was pleased with Theo Walcott’s performance in their North London derby victory over Tottenham, Sky Sports reports.

The England international was jeered by the crowd in a frustrating opening period of the game, when Tottenham raced into a 2-0 lead. Arsenal pegged the game back to 2-2 and Walcott’s performance in the second half compiled of a brace to earn a 5-2 victory, along with Tomas Rosicky’s goal.

Wenger praised the direction of his winger, who was then applauded off the field by the Emirates Stadium crowd. The England winger is expected to feature in Wednesday’s international friendly with Holland, hopeful to continue his form from Sunday and impress ahead of this summer’s European Championships.

The Arsenal boss said: ‘The crowd were starting to get on his back and you wonder if you’re doing him a favour if you leave him on. Considering the rest of the team were high on confidence, I felt he has the qualities that we needed – a player who can be direct, go behind the defenders. Nobody else is like that’.

The Frenchman added: ‘He is a very direct player. You know he can sometimes miss a first touch, but still, considering the balance of our team, I felt it was important to keep him in our side’.

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