Theo delight as Arsenal get back on track

Theo Walcott says there were glimpses of "the true Arsenal" last night when the Gunners made up for their Bradford disappointment with a 5-2 Barclays Premier League victory at Reading.

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Walcott was given the chance to play up front by manager Arsene Wenger and repaid his manager's faith by slotting in the fifth goal, following Lukas Podolski's strike and a Santi Cazorla hat-trick.

When asked about recent criticism following last week's exit from the Capital One Cup, Walcott said: "We showed people the true Arsenal.

"We don't take notice of the outside. We're a big family and we know our quality and that we're good enough.

"I enjoyed playing up front and the boss gave me that opportunity.

"I thought I did very well and the players around me always make my job easier."

Adam Le Fondre and Jimmy Kebe denied Arsenal a clean sheet but Gunners midfielder Jack Wilshere was quick to echo his team-mate's sentiments.

He said: "I think we saw the old Arsenal in patches here.

"We need to tighten up defensively as we gave two sloppy goals away."

Referring to the Bradford game, he added: "We're disappointed, naturally. It's a natural feeling of disappointment when you lose to a lower-league team."

Of last night's opposition, Wilshere said: "They're fighting relegation so we knew they would be up for it.

"Theo and Santi were different class and the boys around them helped as well."

Walcott is in talks over a contract extension at Arsenal.


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