‘He’s whacking it into our system’

Theo Walcott says the team won’t rest on its laurels as we look to challenge for honours at home and in Europe this season.

This time last year an eye-catching win at Leicester was followed by a shock defeat to Olympiacos in the Champions League, but lessons have been learned.

The intensity shown against Chelsea on Saturday was matched in the 2-0 win over Basel, and Theo is ready to go again when we travel to Burnley on Sunday.

on what the manager wants…
He wanted us not just to stand still and get a good result against Chelsea and then that’s it. You could just tell tonight that the intensity was there from the start. It died off towards the end but that’s obviously understandable. But then again, we kept the clean sheet - that’s what we want to do.

We know how well offensively we are, but everyone is doing their defensive job and everyone’s working hard for each other. That’s the experience we’ve got in this team now, and it’s paying off.

on speed, style and stamina…
We just always want to start off the game with so much pace. As soon as we do that it puts a team on the back foot and you don’t want to be playing against Arsenal when we’re firing on all cylinders, and we did tonight.

The first half again was fantastic. We knew after the Chelsea game that it couldn’t just stop there and everyone’s got to be proud because it’s not easy to play game after game every three days.

Everyone has recovered well and we’re going to have to do exactly the same. We’re going to have a different test against Burnley at the weekend and we’ve got to make sure we’re going to be ready because again, it’s going to be a difficult game.


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