Theo Walcott says Arsenal’s hard work behind the scenes paid off against Chelsea as Arsene Wenger’s men ran riot in the first half to secure a 3-0 win at the Emirates.
The England international doubled the Gunners lead on 14 minutes with a strike from close range in between goals from Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil.
Reflecting on the result and performance, Walcott highlighted the importance of the squad’s collective hard work.
“We worked really hard, we worked hard in the week and we obviously know what’s happened in the past. But the past is the past, it’s all about now and this team is bright and young and has got a lot more experience in these games now.
“People would expect us to go on and get four or five but that’s not the case. You saw on the kick-off this morning, it’s always easy to actually get 11 men behind the ball and they’ve got to come for us then. And then it plays into our hands. But the guys did well today, really well done.”
The manner in which the Gunners raced to a three-goal advantage was reminiscent of a similar showing against Manchester United last season when Wenger’s men bagged three goals in the opening 20 minutes.
“When we played Man United at home last year it was fantastic, but I think it’s been quietly coming actually, to be honest with you,” he added.
“We’ve been quietly doing our business and like I said, everyone is just working for each other now. We’ve got some great individuals but when you get those individual stats you play as a team as well, everyone is focused and you could see that the 11 men wanted to win this more than the other team today and thankfully we did that.”
Having been party to a few false dawns in the past, Walcott cautioned against getting carried away by the result.
“You know what, we’ve been here before. I’ve had so much experience in the years, but like I say, we’re not doing ourselves any harm. We just want to keep on doing our business, that’s all we want to do.
“We want to try and improve and see what the negatives were in the game, I’m sure there’ll be a few. We always wanted to keep a clean sheet, if we keep clean sheets we’re going to win games because we can score goals up front, so you’ve got to give credit to everyone today.”