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Arsenal"s Theo Walcott says he was abused by fans

Abuse from Arsenal fans wasn't fair but now I know how to deal with it, says Walcott

By
Thom Drake

PUBLISHED:

10:03 GMT, 20 April 2013

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UPDATED:

10:04 GMT, 20 April 2013

Winger Theo Walcott has revealed that he has received plenty of abuse during his time at Arsenal, but that he has learnt to avoid it all as he continues to mature.

The 24-year-old's future was in doubt at the beginning of the season, but he signed a new 100,000-a-week deal in January to end speculation he might leave the Emirates.

His form has varied over the past few season between being at the fore of the Gunners' attack and going missing in games.

Why bother Theo Walcott says that he avoids message boards and Twitter criticism

Why bother Theo Walcott says that he avoids message boards and Twitter criticism

Bruised: Walcott got a battering on the pitch against Everton as he felt the force of their midfield

Bruised: Walcott got a battering on the pitch against Everton as he felt the force of their midfield

Walcott says he didn't feel like the criticism he got was justified: 'Last year against Tottenham in the first half, I got a lot of abuse from the fans, which wasn't fair,' he said to The Times.

'I'm sure they would be nice to my face. People always are nice when they meet you. They would come up to me and say, ''We hope you stay, but respect your decision.''

His desire to play a more central role in Arsenal's front three is no secret, and Arsene Wenger has used him to spearhead the attack on several occasions, most notably when they beat Newcastle 7-3 and Walcott scored a hat-trick.

Taking the full force: Walcott has had his fair share of knocks against Spurs

Taking the full force: Walcott has had his fair share of knocks against Spurs

He has learnt to take the good with the bad, however, and says he now knows to keep his distance from some fans' opinions.

'It's only on message boards or Twitter and stuff – or when it's in a crowd – that it turns nasty, and that's why I avoid all that stuff.'

Along with Jack Wilshere, Walcott has been injured for the past month, and is raring to get back into the thick of the action.

He started their 0-0 draw with Everton and will hope to feature again as Arsenal travel across london to play Fulham.

Incensed: Arsene Wenger was angry with what he felt was over-physical play from Everton

Incensed: Arsene Wenger was angry with what he felt was over-physical play from Everton

But it's not always been so easy for Walcott to muster the confidence that he deserves to be on the pitch.

After being thrown into the spotlight in 2006 when Sven-Goran Eriksson picked him for England's World Cup squad, he found it hard to live up to early expectations.

'At times, with myself maybe, I haven't believed how good I am. People around me, my agent, my dad, say that to me sometimes. I think that might be the case.'

Just as with Gareth Bale, another former Southampton youngster, it took Walcott several years to justify his big money move.

But now a regular in the side, and with Wenger saying he will spend in the summer, both his and the club's future may be going in the right direction.

Recovering: Along with Jack Wilshere, Walcott is just getting back to full fitness after several weeks out

Recovering: Along with Jack Wilshere, Walcott is just getting back to full fitness after several weeks out

Wilfried Zaha transfer latest: Manchester United to wrap up 12m deal

Man United set to beat Arsenal to Zaha with Fergie ready to wrap up 12m deal

By
Graeme Yorke

PUBLISHED:

10:25 GMT, 20 January 2013

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UPDATED:

10:25 GMT, 20 January 2013

Manchester United hope to have a 12million deal to bring Wilfried Zaha to Old Trafford wrapped up early next week.

The transfer of the 20-year-old forward will represent the biggest cash advance from a Premier League club to a Championship club in history – bigger than the fees paid to Southampton by Arsenal for Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

On his way: Zaha is expected to complete his move to United next week

On his way: Zaha is expected to complete his move to United next week

Palace have always held out for 12m citing the fact Walcott had only played a few games for Saints in 2005 and that Oxlade-Chamberlain had not played at a higher level than League One before his move.

Zaha will earn 35,000-a-week at Old Trafford but will be sent back to Palace on loan until the end of the season. Arsenal are the other club in for him but he is expected to opt for United.

Star: Zaha has been in fine form this season for Palace

Star: Zaha has been in fine form this season for Palace

Zaha has been tracked by United boss Sir Alex Ferguson ever since he impressed in Palace's shock Carling Cup win at Old Trafford back in November 2011.

The Ivory Coast-born star has been in sensational form for Palace this season and made his England debut against Sweden in November.

Jack Wilshere wants Theo Walcott to sign new Arsenal contract

Don't Jack it in here, Theo! Wilshere pleads for Walcott to sign new Arsenal deal

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UPDATED:

22:00 GMT, 23 December 2012

Jack Wilshere has urged close friend Theo Walcott to give Arsenal six of the best by signing his new deal.

Arsenal persuaded five of British football’s brightest talents, including midfielder Wilshere, to extend their contracts last week, but an impasse remains with Walcott.

‘Everybody at the club wants Theo to re-sign. But that is something he has to sort out, it is up to him and the club if they can reach an agreement and I hope they do,’ said Wilshere, after Mikel Arteta’s penalty had given them a 1-0 win at Wigan.

Friends: Jack Wilshere (left) is keen for Theo Walcott to sign a new deal

Friends: Jack Wilshere (left) is keen for Theo Walcott to sign a new deal

‘Theo’s been great for us. We just signed five British boys so hopefully he can be the sixth and cap it off.

‘I’m always winding him up, saying, “C’mon Theo, sign”. It’s up to him and the club. Theo knows what he means to us and what he means to the fans.’

Wilshere hopes that the 24-year-old will be influenced by the lead shown by himself, Carl Jenkinson, Aaron Ramsey, Kieran Gibbs and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

He added: ‘I think he looked at that. We’re all great friends, the British boys, we all go out together, have meals together and sit together when we’re on the road, so hopefully he can follow us and sign.’

Wilshere’s return from a 16-month injury lay-off appears to have had recuperative effects on Arsenal.

Brit of all right: (left to right) Aaron Ramsey, Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Carl Jenkinson, Kieran Gibbs and Wilshere train at London Colney this week

Brit of all right: (left to right) Aaron Ramsey, Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Carl Jenkinson, Kieran Gibbs and Wilshere train at London Colney this week

Another win on the road…

ARSENAL have won 16 points away from home this season, but are 12th in the home form table.

Away P W D L Pts
1 Man Utd 10 7 1 2 22
2 Arsenal 10 4 4 2 16
3 Man City 8 4 4 0 16

Home
11 Liverpool 10 4 3 3 15
12 Arsenal 8 4 2 2 14

They have won five of the eight Premier League matches he has appeared in, including the last three, their best run since March.

On Saturday at Wigan, to the delight of Arsene Wenger, he combined technical acumen with bravery.

Never better illustrated than during the first period when he timed a sliding challenge on Shaun Maloney to perfection, only to be cautioned by referee Jon Moss.

‘I think it was a foul on Wilshere by Maloney. It looked a perfect tackle. I think he was a bit provoked by the crowd reaction,’ said Wenger.

‘I like Wilshere. After 25 minutes you look at him and he is dirty from top to bottom.’

This is a very different Arsenal midfield to the one the 20-year-old was used to before his catalogue of injuries. Having previously operated alongside Cesc Fabregas and Alex Song, Wilshere’s relationship with Spanish duo Mikel Arteta and Santi Cazorla is developing apace.

Midfield maestro: Wilshere is on a fine run of form

Midfield maestro: Wilshere is on a fine run of form

‘Suddenly, there are a lot of good things to talk about. But let’s not go overboard,’ urged Wenger, after his side moved into the Champions League places.

‘As much as we had not to be depressed after what happened previously, we have to keep our feet on the ground and focus on the next game.

‘I always said the group is very good mentally and that will come out in the end and hopefully we can show that now.

‘Our game is based on movement and technical quality and fluency and that demands confidence so it is very important we have confidence to play.

‘The domination was not convincing but we got the three points and it is important that you win these kinds of games, too. We have rebuilt the team and how far we go will be decided from now on.’

One person who will not be part of the revolution is long-term target Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, who has extended his contract with Schalke for another two years until June 2015.

Liverpool want Daniel Sturridge and Tom Ince

Liverpool pin hopes on 12m Sturridge and 6m Ince after hitting Walcott hitch

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UPDATED:

22:41 GMT, 22 November 2012

Liverpool are confident of finalising a 6million deal for Blackpool’s Tom Ince and will look to add Chelsea’s Daniel Sturridge for a further 12m.

Arsenal’s reluctance to sell Theo Walcott in January, regardless of his contract negotiations, will delay any possible move from Liverpool until the summer, although the player may yet receive offers from elsewhere with Juventus, Chelsea and Manchester City keen.

Young Lion: Tom Ince

In demand: Daniel Sturridge

Wanted: Blackpool's Tom Ince (left) and Chelsea's Daniel Sturridge (right)

Ince, 20, left Liverpool for 250,000 compensation in August last year and has 18 months left on his contract. He has attracted attention from other clubs but Liverpool are willing to pay the asking price.

Blackpool, who have signed Bournemouth striker Wes Thomas, 25, until January 1, have allowed another forward, Adda Djeziri, 24, to join Scunthorpe.

Hard to get: Theo Walcott may not be lured from Arsenal's clutches

Hard to get: Theo Walcott may not be lured from Arsenal's clutches

Theo Walcott Movember fundraiser

Another close shave for Theo! After scraping past QPR and Reading, Walcott has joined the Movember cause

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UPDATED:

16:15 GMT, 1 November 2012

Arsenal have been involved in a few close shaves recently, but none as close as this.

Theo Walcott is finally taking the plunge and joining another club… in support of male cancer charities.

His future at the Emirates remains uncertain, so much so Arsene Wenger has admitted he may have to sell in January.

Close shave: Walcott prepares for the Movember challenge

Close shave: Walcott prepares for the Movember challenge

Discussions will continue over a new contract but for the next four weeks Walcott has vowed he won't be shaving his face.

The Movember movement has really gained mo-mentum in recent years and with a number of celebs on board the sums raised can be described as fantashtic!

Theo must adhere to some stringent rules, however.

A different kind of close shave: Walcott was integral in Arsenal's stirring comeback at Reading

A different kind of close shave: Walcott was integral in Arsenal's stirring comeback at Reading

The moustache must begin the 1st of November with a clean shaven face. The moustache cannot join the sideburns – as that considered a beard.

And you are not allowed to join the moustache to your chin – as that's considered a goatee.

Feel free to support Theo by going to his Movember page.

Back him! You can donate money to support Walcott's Movember challenge for male cancer charities

Back him! You can donate money to support Walcott's Movember challenge for male cancer charities

Arsenal comeback at Reading was a miracle – Arsene Wenger

It's a miracle! Wenger hails Arsenal fighters after extraordinary comeback at Reading

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UPDATED:

00:04 GMT, 31 October 2012

Arsene Wenger described Arsenal's fightback from four goals down against Reading as a 'miracle'.

His side were 3-0 down after just 20 minutes. Four before 40 had been played. And it was embarrassing stuff until Theo Walcott gave Arsenal a glimmer of hope of a comeback just before half-time.

And Wenger admitted that although the League Cup is one of his lowest priorities this season the nature of a big defeat would have made it one of his lowest moments at the club.

Wenger said: 'It was 4-2 after 89 minutes, but the miracle happened. You always see new things in our game. That's why it's never boring. It was a tennis game today. We went from disaster to some pride, coming back in the second half. It's strange at 4-0 you think they have won, 4-1 still you think they have won, but at 4-2 you realise it's not over and panic kicks in. It was not one of our priorities but had we gone out the way we could have in first half that would not have been one of my proudest moments at the club.'

Star of the show: Theo Walcott hit a brilliant hat-trick as Arsenal came from four goals down to beat Reading

Star of the show: Theo Walcott hit a brilliant hat-trick as Arsenal came from four goals down to beat Reading

Leveller: Walcott scores his side's fourth goal deep into injury time to send the game into an extra 30 minutes

Leveller: Walcott scores his side's fourth goal deep into injury time to send the game into an extra 30 minutes

Walcott added to his manager's disbelief at the result and said afterwards: 'It was unbelievable. We started very sloppy and had to wake up. The boss told us it wasn't good enough. It wasn't Arsenal. But we showed everyone what we can do. We're absolutely knackered.'

Even after the amazing comeback in 90 minutes there was more drama to come. Marouane Chamakh sent Arsenal ahead and to what looked like victory, only for Pavel Pogrebnyak to equalise again with four minutes to play until penalties.

Team talk: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger speaks during extra-time at the Madejski Stadium

Team talk: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger speaks during extra-time at the Madejski Stadium

Reading manager Brian McDermott admitted he had his penalty list written at that point. But then Walcott scored the winner and Chamakh finished off the 12 goals.

McDermott did not even speak to his players after the final whistle and said he cannot bring himself to watch the game back to analyse where it went wrong.

It all started so well: Jason Roberts handed reading the lead and they were soon four goals in front

It all started so well: Jason Roberts handed reading the lead and they were soon four goals in front

Turned sour: Reading's players show their disappointment after losing the Capital One Cup fourth round match

Turned sour: Reading's players show their disappointment after losing the Capital One Cup fourth round match

McDermott said: 'It felt like a funeral. It's very strange I wasn't happy half time when we went in 4-1 not 4-0. It gave them impetus. The second half was just kamikaze stuff. This is the worst defeat of my career in terms of scoreline, considering who we were playing and being 4-0 up. It's just embarrassing for all of us. We have to take that on the chin and move on quickly.'

He will give his players two days off to recover now, and added: ' I know this game will be remembered for a long time and it makes me feel worse.'

We did it: Marouane Chamakh hugs Walcott as Arsenal celebrate their glorious comeback

We did it: Marouane Chamakh hugs Walcott as Arsenal celebrate their glorious comeback

Read it and weep: The scoreboard displays the remarkable result at the Madejski Stadium

Read it and weep: The scoreboard displays the remarkable result at the Madejski Stadium

Liverpool and Manchester City join 12m race for Arsenal target Wilfried Zaha

Liverpool and Manchester City join 12m race for Zaha

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UPDATED:

07:57 GMT, 10 October 2012

Liverpool and Manchester City are ready to rival Arsenal for Crystal Palace sensation Wilfried Zaha.

The Gunners lead the 12million race
for the 19-year-old winger and former No 2 Pat Rice watched him score
twice in a 4-3 victory over Burnley last weekend.

Teen sensation: Crystal Palace's Wilfred Zaha

Teen sensation: Crystal Palace's Wilfred Zaha

Arsenal see Zaha as a potential replacement for unsettled Theo Walcott, a target for both Manchester City and Liverpool.

Walcott's representatives will hold talks with the Arsenal hierarchy during the international break in a bid to thrash out a new agreement.

Walcott — who has less than 12 months left on his current deal — rejected a contract extension worth 75,000-per-week.

Arsenal want Wilfried Zaha to replace Theo Walcott: EXCLUSIVE

EXCLUSIVE: Gunners turn to Palace's Zaha as Walcott contract wrangle continues

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UPDATED:

21:45 GMT, 8 October 2012

Arsenal are lining up a swoop for Theo Walcott's potential replacement after joining the race to land Crystal Palace prospect Wilfried Zaha.

Former Gunners assistant manager Pat Rice – who still works for the club despite retiring in the summer – watched the 19-year-old forward score twice in the Eagles' 4-3 win over Burnley on Saturday.

Arsenal have sent scouts to a clutch of
Palace’s games primarily to watch Zaha and are now emerging as serious
contenders to land the youngster.

In and out: Crystal Palace's Wilfred Zaha could replace Theo Walcott at Arsenal

In and out: Crystal Palace's Wilfred Zaha could replace Theo Walcott at Arsenal

In and out: Crystal Palace's Wilfred Zaha could replace Theo Walcott at Arsenal

Zaha – rated at 12million – could be the latest player to join the Gunners from lower leagues, particularly if the club fail in their attempts to sign Walcott to a new contract.

The England forward's representatives will hold talks with the Arsenal hierarchy during the international break in a bid to thrash out a new agreement.

Walcott — who has less than 12 months left on his current deal — rejected a contract extension worth 75,000-per-week.

Per Mertesacker boost for Arsenal as defender ready to face West Ham

Mertesacker boost for Arsenal as defender ready to face West Ham

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UPDATED:

21:30 GMT, 4 October 2012

Arsenal are confident Per Mertesacker
will be fit for Saturday's league match at West Ham after he became the
latest player to be struck down by an outbreak of flu.

Mertesacker missed Wednesday's
Champions League win over Olympiacos because of the virus, joining Theo
Walcott, Francis Coquelin and Thomas Vermaelen on the list of Gunners
players who have been hit by the illness in recent weeks.

Boost: Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker

Boost: Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker

However, the news that Arsenal expect the centre back to recover by the weekend will come as a welcome boost to Arsene Wenger, who has also given full back Bacary Sagna the green light to make his long-awaited comeback from a broken leg in Monday night's Under 21 match against Reading.

There was less favourable news for the Arsenal manager on Thursday after he was on the receiving end of an attack from France boss Didier Deschamps for blaming Les Bleus for Abou Diaby's latest injury setback.

Wenger criticised the decision to select Diaby for last month's fixtures against Finland and Belarus, but Deschamps said: 'I want to remind him (Wenger) that I am the only one to decide who will be picked and how long those who are picked will play.'

Arsenal 6 Southampton 1: Gervinho helps glorious Gunners smash sorry Saints for six

Arsenal 6 Southampton 1: Gervinho helps glorious Gunners smash sorry Saints for six

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UPDATED:

16:22 GMT, 15 September 2012

Gervinho struck twice as Arsenal continued their unbeaten start to the season with a 6-1 demolition of Premier League new boys Southampton.

The visitors resembled a rabbit in the headlights for most of the first half as they failed to deal with Arsenal's pace and directness – epitomised as early as the 11th minute as Jos Hooiveld accidentally put into his own net.

Lukas Podolski bent in a 25-yard free-kick as the onslaught continued, before Gervinho rifled home and Nathaniel Clyne netted an own goal to make it 4-0 inside 37 minutes.

Rampant: Arsenal extended their unbeaten start to the season with a one-sided victory

Rampant: Arsenal extended their unbeaten start to the season with a one-sided victory

Match facts

Arsenal: Szczesny, Jenkinson, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Gibbs, Coquelin (Ramsey 67), Arteta, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Cazorla, Podolski (Giroud 74), Gervinho (Walcott 74). Subs not used: Mannone, Koscielny, Andre Santos, Arshavin.

Scorers: Hooiveld (og) 11, Podolski 31, Gervinho 35, 71, Clyne (og) 37, Walcott 88.

Southampton: Kelvin Davis, Clyne, Hooiveld (Yoshida 28), Fonte, Fox, Puncheon, Ward-Prowse, Schneiderlin, Steven Davis (Ramirez 45), Lallana, Lambert (Rodriguez 76). Subs not used: Gazzaniga, Richardson, Mayuka, Chaplow.

Scorer: Fox 45.

Referee: Kevin Friend.

Attendance: 60,097.

Wojciech Szczesny's clanger denied
the north Londoners a fourth successive clean sheet to start the season
as the returning Poland international flapped at a cross late in the
first half and Danny Fox lashed home.

It proved a mere consolation, though,
as Gervinho and former Southampton winger Theo Walcott netted in a more
even second period to condemn Nigel Adkins' side to a fourth league
defeat.

Arsenal made three changes coming
into the game, with Szczesny the standout returnee after missing recent
matches with a rib injury.

Saints, meanwhile, stuck with the
same starting team that fell to a harsh 3-2 defeat to Manchester United
before the international break, while new signings Gaston Ramirez and
Maya Yoshida were named on the bench.

The latter was brought in to shore up
a weak Southampton defence that found itself under pressure from the
outset in north London.

Podolski tested Kelvin Davis with a
stinging effort inside three minutes, before former Southampton winger
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's dangerous cross was inexplicably scooped over
the bar by Santi Cazorla.

Influential: Gervinho hit two and was at the heart of much of Arsenal's attacking guile

Influential: Gervinho hit two and was at the heart of much of Arsenal's attacking guile

The early pressure continued as
Southampton regularly gave away possession as they failed in their
attempts to get a foothold on proceedings.

Arsenal capitalised on the visitors'
early ineptitude as Podolski took possession in the middle and played
through Kieran Gibbs, whose low effort squirmed through Davis' legs and
was inadvertently turned home by Hooiveld.

Clinical: Gervinho punishes some lacklustre Southampton defending to beat Kelvin Davis at the near post

Clinical: Gervinho punishes some lacklustre Southampton defending to beat Kelvin Davis at the near post

The hosts' dominance continued after the 11th-minute opener and came close to doubling their advantage soon after.

Davis flapped at a Cazorla corner and
had to be on his toes to prevent Per Mertesacker heading home when the
ball was played back into the box.

Jumping for joy: Lukas Podolski celebrates making it 2-0 with a crisply struck free-kick

Jumping for joy: Lukas Podolski celebrates making it 2-0 with a crisply struck free-kick

Gervinho was the next to threaten,
nodding wide and then bursting forward to send a driven effort just wide
of the right-hand post.

The early exchanges made bleak
viewing for the travelling fans and Adkins was forced into his first
change after 28 minutes, bringing on Yoshida for his debut in place of
Hooiveld, who had been struggling with a calf injury this week.

The floodgates open: Jos Hooiveld pokes into his own net

The floodgates open: Jos Hooiveld pokes into his own net

The Japan defender could do nothing, though, to prevent Podolski scoring three minutes later.
After Coquelin was upended, the Germany international exquisitely curled
a 25-yard free-kick over the wall into the top corner past the helpless
Davis.

However, the Southampton goalkeeper –
and defence – should have done much better with Arsenal's third that
came after 35 minutes.

In a heap: Kieran Gibbs takes the plaudits after Jos Hooiveld is slumped in his own net after scoring the opener

In a heap: Kieran Gibbs takes the plaudits after Jos Hooiveld is slumped in his own net after scoring the opener

Gervinho connected with an excellent
Mikel Arteta dink over the top and the Ivorian lashed home, finding time
and space to beat Davis at his near post.

It was proving a nightmare first half
for Saints as they failed to cope with Arsenal and it got worse eight
minutes before half-time with a second own goal.

Salt in the wound: Theo Walcott completed the rout with a goal against his former club

Salt in the wound: Theo Walcott completed the rout with a goal against his former club

Another break ended with the being
ball played out left to Gibbs, who again saw his cross directed home by a
player in yellow – this time Clyne the unfortunate party.

It was not just Southampton making
errors, though, as the returning Szczesny spilt a high cross from the
right under pressure from Rickie Lambert, allowing Fox to lash home on
the stroke of half-time.

Consolation: Danny Fox rifles home Southampton's goal just before the break

Consolation: Danny Fox rifles home Southampton's goal just before the break

It was one of a handful of chances
for the visitors in the second half, leading Adkins to bring on record
signing Ramirez for his debut in a bid to create more going forward.

Saints looked far more confident and
composed following the introduction of the Uruguay international, who
tested Szczesny five minutes after coming on.

Chastened: Southampton trudge off after defat

Chastened: Southampton trudge off after defat

Ramirez soon turned provider as he played through Lambert, but he could only direct wide under pressure.

Oxlade-Chamberlain bundled wide a
Gervinho cross as Arsenal looked to extend their advantage – which they
managed to do in the 71st minute.

Moving on: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain turned out against his former club

Moving on: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain turned out against his former club

Cazorla, impressing once again in
midfield, played through substitute Aaron Ramsey, whose exquisite turn
was followed up by a shot that came back off the post for Gervinho to
tap home.

Davis was forced into a fine save to
prevent former team-mate Oxlade-Chamberlain netting, before substitute
Walcott capped a fine day for Arsenal by netting late on after the
Saints goalkeeper parried.