Wenger backs Walcott recall

Arsene Wenger says it will be difficult for England caretaker Gareth Southgate to ignore Theo Walcott after his brace against Basel.

Arsenal: Wenger backs Walcott recallArsenal: Wenger backs Walcott recall

Walcott bagged two first-half goals as Arsenal ran out 2-0 winners against Basel to take the Gunners joint top with Paris St Germain in Group A of the Champions league.

The 27-year-old took his recent tally to four goals in three games, having scored in wins over Hull and Chelsea.

And on the back of another impressive performance, Wenger feels that Southgate, who was placed in charge of England for the next four games following Sam Allardyce’s departure, may have an early selection headache.

Wenger said: “The best recommendation is his performances. It’s difficult to ignore him if you see him playing tonight. But I will leave that to Southgate now.”

The Arsenal manager also credited the hard work of Walcott as well as his self-acknowledgement of his value in the side. Asked if a private chat with Walcott was the reason for his form, Wenger replied: “Look, it’s not the chat that makes you score goals. He assessed well where he stands, and rectified well what he had to add to his game.

“That’s 95 per cent down to him. It was a game of top quality in the first half, the pace and technical quality of our movement. We created a lot of opportunities. I regret a bit we didn’t take enough of the chances we created, but it’s a good basis to have a thirst for more.”

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