Wenger reserves praise for Arsenal pair after win

Date published: Sunday 28th August 2016 10:07

Arsene Wenger reserved particular praise for Theo Walcott and Mesut Ozil after Arsenal beat Watford.

After a defeat and a draw in their opening two games of the Premier League season, pressure was already mounting on the Gunners and their beleaguered manager, Wenger.

But a Santi Cazorla penalty, as well as strikes from Alexis Sanchez and Ozil, secured their first win of the season.

Walcott also impressed at Vicarage Road, while Ozil, despite still lacking match fitness, was “excellent”.

Wenger said after the game that the club expected to complete moves for Shkodran Mustafi and Lucas Perez in a double deal amounting to £52m, but the Frenchman is still happy with his existing squad.

“I said before the season started that we will get a different Theo Walcott this year,” the manager told Arsenal Player. “If he can maintain that focus, that desire and that fighting attitude then he will have a great season.

“I hope he has no setback because he is an intelligent player, he is focused and has a great desire to prove his critics wrong and he’s on a good way.”

On Ozil, Wenger added: “He was excellent, especially in the first half. In the second half we dropped physically, but of course we need him.

“I think what we have seen from him today is what we want of him, assists but also to score goals. That’s what he needed to add to his game.

“I am very pleased, I think we had an excellent first half at Watford. We cannot maintain it completely physically yet for 90 minutes but overall I could see there was some potential in the team, some fluency.

“We created chances and there was great movement. Overall I am very pleased with our first-half performance. Defensively we had a good game as well and I believe when everybody is on board physically for 90 minutes, we have a strong team.”

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