Arsenal 2-0 FC Basel: Match Report

Theo Walcott scored two first-half goals as English football club Arsenal eased to a 2-0 victory over FC Basel in a Champions League group stage contest at the Emirates Stadium.

Picking up where he left off against Chelsea, the 27-year-old on Wednesday raced into the box to head home Alexis Sanchez’s cross in the eighth minute, and he added a second with a low drive after a slick one-two with the Chilean forward in the 26th minute. Continue reading

Wenger full of praise for Walcott and Sanchez

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was thrilled with his side’s performance, but slightly disappointed with their finishing as the Gunners beat FC Basel 2-0 in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday night, but probably should have scored a lot more goals considering the opportunities they had to kill the game.

Wenger shared in his post match interview, “I would say the game was of quality and the win was comfortable. The only regret was that we did not score enough tonight considering what we created. Overall, some excellent football. Similarly to Saturday, the first half was good pace and second half was slower.” Continue reading

Walcott: “The intensity was there from the start”

A very different Theo Walcott has turned up for Arsenal this season, the kind the Gunners’ fans have waited a decade to see, as the pacey England forward scored his fourth and fifth goals of the new campaign to power Arsenal to a 2-0 win over FC Basel in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday night.

Walcott was the recipient of two excellent passes from fellow forward Alexis Sanchez, and didn’t let his opportunities in front of goal go to waste as Arsenal dominate the first half against Basel, and truth be told should have really won by a bigger margin. Continue reading

Walcott on the double as Arsenal rip Basel to shreds

An early brace from England forward Theo Walcott earned Arsenal a comfortable 2-0 home win against FC Basel in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday night.

The Gunners dominated the match and will be disappointed at not having won the game by a bigger margin, having put the Swiss Champions to the sword, bypassing the midfield regularly and ripping the defence to shreds. Basel had their goalkeeper Tomas Vaclik to thank as the 27 year old Czech international, an understudy to Petr Cech in their national team, denied the Gunners on countless opportunities from killing the game as a contest. Continue reading

Arsenal vs FC Basel: Team Sheets

Teams:

Arsenal: Ospina, Bellerin, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal, Xhaka, Cazorla, Walcott, Ozil, Iwobi, Alexis

Subs: Cech, Gabriel, Gibbs, Elneny, Reine-Adelaide, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Lucas

Basel: Vaclik, Lang, Suchy, T Xhaka, Balanta, Traore, Bjarnason, Zuffi, Fransson, Doumbia, Steffen

Subs: Vaclik, Lang, Suchy, Xhaka, Balanta, Traore, Bjarnason, Zuffi, Fransson, Doumbia, Steffen

Coquelin injury update – not as bad as feared

Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger on Tuesday confirmed that midfielder Francis Coquelin has been ruled out of action for around three weeks with a knee injury.

Coquelin was forced to leave the field in the 32nd minute of Arsenal’s 3-0 victory over Chelsea at the Emirates stadium in London on Saturday, after he was hurt in a challenge with N’Golo Kante. Continue reading

Bellerin thrilled to be playing with Theo down the right

Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin produced another all action display this evening against Chelsea as the Gunners grabbed their first win in five years against the Blues, beating them 3-0 at the Emirates.

Bellerin was all over the pitch today, providing a fantastic assist for Theo Walcott’s goal which put Arsenal 2-0 ahead, while also getting back and making a last ditch tackle on a fresh Pedro to maintain the Gunners’ clean sheet. Continue reading

Conte lashes out at his players after Arsenal thrashing

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte lashed out at his players after their poor performance led to a 3-0 thrashing at the hands of local rivals Arsenal at the Emirates today.

Conte was critical of his player’s attitude as they just didn’t turn up for the London derby as the flair, commitment and discipline of Arsenal proved too much for a Chelsea team that wasn’t at the races for a contest that they usually dominate. Continue reading