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.
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.