Arsene Wenger has praised the contribution of Theo Walcott, who played through illness, to Arsenal’s 2-2 draw with Schalke last night.
The England man scored Arsenal’s opener and could have won the game at the death, something the manager has ‘regrets’ about, but he was quick to give props to a man whose future is still an issue which clouds everything he does.
“Walcott did very well today and was one of our best players. People forget he was injured and has just come back. We know that he is a great player.”
And when asked of his desire to play as a stiker, Wenger quipped:
“Well, a winger is a striker. Not for you? Giroud has Walcott and Podolski with him. We scored two goals. We had more chances and played with three offensive midfielders as well.
“At some stage, we have to put one or two defenders in the team as well!”
Overall the Arsenal manager was pleased with his team’s reaction to the weekend defeat at Old Trafford and feels they’re in a good position in their group.
“It was a difficult game and a good one as well. Both teams played well and, after the stick we got after Saturday, it was important to show a response, which we did. It was unfortunate to concede that goal before half-time and in the last minute Walcott had a good chance. At 2-0 you have not won the game.
“They have a lot of physical and technical quality and they never give up, so overall I never felt that the game was over.It doesn’t matter too much [about Olympiacos FC’s victory]. What is important is that we win the next game against Montpellier and see what happens.
“It may or may not go to the last game. Football is about performances in every match.”