Arsene Wenger has hailed Theo Walcott’s professionalism after his display against Reading in the Capital One Cup.
The fleet-footed forward scored twice (actually three times but his second goal was given to Carl Jenkinson after confusion as to whether or not the ball crossed the line or not – it did), and put in two tantalising corners from which Giroud and Koscielny scored.
Afterwards the manager acknowledged there’s still an issue with his future but was quick to praise his contribution.
“Despite the contract issue, Theo has been extremely professional,” he said. “He cares about the club, he’s 100% professional and I’m very proud he’s put in the performance tonight.”
Clearly the situation goes beyond Walcott’s desire to play as a forward, he’s got 7 goals this season and all of them have come when he’s played wide of the front man, but it remains to be seen if he’s out to prove to Arsenal he’s worth more or if it’s shop-window stuff.
Either way, it worked well for us last night and Walcott admitted a sloppy Arsenal had to buck up their ideas.
“It was an unbelievable game. We’ve scored seven goals away from home – it was great going forward. Maybe defensively it wasn’t great at times, but we’re in the draw and that’s what matters.
“The first half wasn’t good enough, it wasn’t Arsenal.”