Could this be the season that Theo Walcott finally lives up to the hype, a decade after the youngster was hailed as England’s next big thing? On Wednesday night at the Emirates, the winger was in scintillating form for Arsenal, with the Gunners strolling to a 2-0 victory against Basel.
Midfielder Granit Xhaka faced his older brother Taulant in this Champions League matchday two clash, but it was the Arsenal man who would come out on top after a fine team performance from the hosts.
Theo Walcott was the star of the show in the first-half, with the winger netting a brace. The first came courtesy of a close-range header after a fine chipped cross from the outstanding Alexis Sanchez.
Walcott’s second was a superb effort, with the 27 year-old playing a quickfire one-two with Sanchez before firing home via the far post.
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Arsenal should’ve at least doubled their advantage in the rest of the game, with Sanchez and Mesut Ozil missing great chances to really put Basel to the sword.
However, in the end it was a comfortable evening for the north Londoners, who are starting to look like the real deal.
Summer-signings Xhaka and Shkodran Mustafi have added a much needed additional physical presence to Arsene Wenger’s side, while Sanchez is flourishing in a centre-forward role, with youngster Alex Iwobi continuing to blossom.
While Basel are hardly world-beaters, Arsenal’s performance in this game and over their last few fixtures will no doubt give hope to Gooners desperate for some major silverware. Then again, they’ve been here before only to fade away by the end of the season, something the fans will be very much aware of.