Walcott keeping positive at Emirates

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Theo Walcott insists that he is “very positive” after scoring the Gunners’ only goal against Udinese on Tuesday, helping the Gunners take an advantage to Italy ahead of next week's Champions League qualifying second leg.

Arsene Wenger has received some criticism for his transfer tactics this summer after losing captain Cesc Fabregas to Barcelona, but the England international expects the Frenchman to have a few more tricks up his sleeve as the Transfer Window curtain begins to fall.

Walcott said: "Well, I am smiling right now so I am very positive."

Tuesday's result was very positive and hopefully it will help the fans as well. I am sure the boss has got players coming - I don’t know - but if you sell one of your best players I am sure he has got options coming in. “

Walcott added that he was not the only one staying positive and insisted that the goalless draw against tough Newcastle was a good result considering the circumstances.

He said: "The mood is very good. We got a very good result at Newcastle I thought, especially going down to ten men. A clean sheet was very good and we had young players come on and gain experience in the Champions League. We have another very tough game at the weekend and then head out to Italy."

At the early age of 22, Walcott has already had 115 appearances for Arsenal and is ready to impart his experience on the younger members of the squad, which includes newly acquired 18-year-old Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who arrives in north London from Walcott’s former club Southampton.

"I was the oldest player on the table for dinner at Newcastle at 22 years old. It was quite funny but I’ll do anything I can do to help the young players coming through.



“I have been around for a long time so I know what it’s all about and if I can help anyone out I will happily do that.

"This team has always been known for being so young but we cannot use that excuse anymore. We need to win something and that’s the most important thing.

"It is important to have a mixture of experience and young players but the boss knows what he is doing. He has some great players that he has picked up and we didn’t know where they came from. Only time will tell what the boss will do."

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