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Wenger on Walcott's scoring form and Allardyce's sacking

Walcott is Arsenal's form player
Walcott is Arsenal's form player

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger hailed in-form Theo Walcott after his two goals fired the Gunners to a 2-0 win against FC Basel - and he also offered up his views on Sam Allardyce's sacking as England boss.

Walcott has sprung back into form after he came under fire from Arsenal supporters in the first half of 2016, with Wenger insisting his input is not the reason why the attacking star is back to his best.

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.

"In the second half we eased a bit off, couldn't score the third goal, but it's hard to maintain that pace and accuracy in the passing and speed of the game for 90 minutes. The first half was top, top quality like we produced against Chelsea.

"It's down to hard work, but also to belief. Belief comes with the last few results. The confidence comes from the last few results.

"We hadn't beat Chelsea at home for a few games, and now it looks like we're playing with full power and pace. Now it's about continuing to improve. We know we can be better. That will be down to humility, starting tomorrow morning again and focusing on the next game."

The Frenchman offered his take on the Allardyce's exit as England manager on Tuesday evening, just 67 days and one match into the role.

Wenger, who was linked to the England job during the summer, admitted he was flattered to be linked but, despite entering the final year of his contract at Arsenal, his priority lies with the Gunners.

He added: "It's a huge surprise. Who could have predicted that 48 hours ago? Nobody. But the English game is always full of surprises.

"Of course. But my priority has always been this club. Until the end of this season I'm here. And I am completely focused on that.

"My priority is always Arsenal FC and I have to assess how well I do until the end of the season."