Jack Wilshere and Theo Walcott are determined to prove their worth to Arsene Wenger after impressing in the Europa League, and they hope to win more regular first-team football by providing their manager with a selection headache.
Walcott led the team out as captain, scoring once and assisting three, before being substituted, when Wilshere took the armband. Wilshere himself netted once before setting up Mohamed Elneny’s late strike.
It was the first goal Wilshere had scored for the Gunners in 928 days, and his overall performance will have given Wenger more to think ahead of the busy festive period.
Talking to BT Sport, Walcott said;
The boss told us to enjoy ourselves. We played with a lot of freedom. Defensively we were solid. Obviously, it’s nice to get all these goals.
There is plenty of competition when you play for Arsenal. We are doing our best to give the manager a headache to pick us for the team. We were very professional tonight. We will see in time what’s going to happen.
It’s a bit of a relief [that I scored]. It’s one of those games – it didn’t mean anything because we had topped the group.
It’s one of those games you need to be in the right mind – we enjoyed it. We’re happy to go into the next round. All we can do when we get our opportunity is give the manager a headache.