Walcott – “Wenger has had faith in me and I just want to repay him”

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The forward spoke to the media after the Gunners 5-2 victory at on Saturday. This is what he said:

on the performance…

We just continued to just play our game. We knew we’d create chances on the counter attack. We knew they would come for us, especially as they were at home. We were patient and it was important that we did not panic. We got that [equalising] goal to get back into the game. After that we played with a lot of freedom and we took all our chances

on his best display playing up front…

It will be up there since the knee injury and, before that, the Tottenham game. I have always said I want to play up front. When I get the opportunity I can improve and learn the position a little more. The manager has had faith in me and I just want to repay him.

on Alexis…

He is a top-quality player and even when he is not scoring goals he works so hard for us. He tracks back and does a lot for the team. I am sure he going to flourish now with many, many more important goals. It has been a long time coming, he knows that himself. But he is very pleased today

on Man City losing…

We can only look after ourselves. This was a big win for us. Leicester are a big strong, quality team and they’ll cause upsets this season

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