Ex Man United midfielder: These two Arsenal players need to follow Theo Walcott’s lead

Johnny Giles says Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Mesut Ozil need to improve for Arsenal to become a "real team"

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Mesut Ozil need to follow the lead of Theo Walcott if Arsenal want to become a “real team”, according to former Manchester United midfielder Johnny Giles.

Walcott has made an impressive start to the 2016-17 Premier League season despite talk of a potential summer transfer after another disappointing campaign at the Emirates Stadium.

However, the 27-year-old spent the summer working on his fitness with a personal trainer after Walcott was omitted from Roy Hodgson’s England squad for Euro 2016.

And Walcott’s hard work appears to be paying dividends after a return of three goals and two assists in seven Premier League games. The Arsenal forward has also netted twice in two Champions League outings.

Former United midfielder Giles believes Oxlade-Chamberlain and Ozil must follow Walcott’s example and finally realise their talent if Arsenal are to have a successful season.

“What they’ve got to do is get Oxlade-Chamberlain and Ozil doing [what Walcott is doing] and then they’ll be a real team,” Giles told Irish radio station Newstalk.

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Walcott moved to Arsenal from Southampton in 2006 but the England international has only won two FA Cups during his 10-year stay at the Emirates Stadium.

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