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Arsenal fans shouldn't be calling Theo Walcott selfish after BATE win

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Say what you want about Theo Walcott, but when he gets the chance to play for Arsenal, he knows how to find the back of the net.

The 28-year-old was at his clinical best against BATE in the Europa League on Thursday night, scoring two goals in a 4-2 win in Belarus.

He scored the opener in the ninth minute by latching on to Jack Wilshere's inch-perfect cross and finding the back of the net, albeit at the second time of asking.

Thirteen minutes later Walcott had his second after BATE's goalkeeper passed it straight to him in a dangerous area. He made no mistake in finding the bottom-left corner.

And he could have had a hat-trick were it not for a fantastic reaction save from David Ospina's opposite number.

Four goals away from home in Europe is no easy feat, which Walcott recognised in his post-match interview. He said: "We pressed well, we attacked very well as a unit.

"Especially for the first 60 minutes, we were very steady. Obviously we're disappointed with the goals we conceded. With the structure we play, we don't want to be conceding sloppy goals like we did.

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"But on the other hand, when you score four goals away from home you're always likely to win games, so we're pleased with that."

Rob Holding and Olivier Giroud also got their names on the scoresheet, with the latter's goal marking his 100th for Arsenal.

Walcott celebrated his French teammate's achievement with an Instagram post that said: "Welcome to the 100 club."

It was Skhodran Mustafi who won the penalty for Giroud to convert in the 49th minute, but Walcott deserves huge credit for the role he played.

According to the Englishman himself - who was labelled as selfish during the game - he had the chance to grab a hat-trick but told Giroud to take the penalty for his 100th Arsenal goal. Class.

"Obviously there was a chance for me to take a penalty, but knowing that Olivier was on 99 goals, I felt like it's a great moment in his career to get 100 goals for Arsenal," Walcott added.

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"I've achieved that myself and I know the feeling, it's brilliant. So that's why he took the penalty. Yeah, there were chances, but you can't be too selfish."

Walcott may not be the best player in the world, but there's no denying he's a team player and wholly committed to his teammates.

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