Walcott: Ox England form an Arsenal positive

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Theo Walcott believes Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s good form for England will ultimately be good for Arsenal.

The 18-year-old has been impressive since breaking into the senior squad, even starting the opening game of the tournament against France.

However, it was Walcott who made the decisive contribution in their second game, scoring the equaliser and setting up Danny Welbeck’s winner against Sweden on Friday.

Oxlade-Chamberlain was a late substitute in the Sweden victory and managed to look lively despite only being on the pitch for a few minutes.

Gunners teammate Walcott believes the more experience ‘The Ox’ gets, the more it will benefit his club when he returns to Emirates Stadium.

“Alex has four caps now, and it’s great for his confidence and it will be great for Arsenal when we come back and play together - perfect!” said Walcott.

Walcott's game-changing contribution almost included an assist for his clubmate, but England captain Steven Gerrard stretched to get onto the cross and forced a brilliant save from Andreas Isaksson in the Swedish goal.

“I wouldn’t say Stevie took it off him, I think Stevie is such a great player he’s always going to be onto that,” replied Walcott when asked if he thought Gerrard was right to take a good goalscoring opportunity away from Oxade-Chamberlain, who looked to be in a better psotion to score.

“But it doesn’t matter about who scores or doesn’t - it’s about the team and the three points.”

The 23-year-old would have been hoping his match saving cameo earned him a recall to the starting XI for the final game against co-hosts Ukraine on Tuesday evening, but he is now a doubt for the game after injuring his hamstring.

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