Watch out, Arsenal… Five times Basel have shocked English sides in Europe
Sep 29 2016 by Marjorie Miles
Walcott was full of praise for Sanchez and talked up the pair's understanding. An unmarked Walcott darted behind the defense to power a header beyond the reach of Basel goalkeeper Tomas Vaclik.
Back a home win to nil at 7/5 and a home win at -3.5 goals at 5/4.
After defeat by Liverpool on the opening day of the season Arsenal are now unbeaten in eight games in all competitions and are vying with Paris St Germain to top their group.
Sam Allardyce's stunning departure on Tuesday after just one game in charge leaves the Football Association searching for a new manager, although England Under-21 boss Gareth Southgate will take charge of the senior team for their next four matches. "But it's a good basis to have a taste for more".
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When asked about the drop in intensity after half-time, Wenger said: 'It's a bit inevitable, I wouldn't like it to be inevitable, but I think it was similar to Saturday [against Chelsea], first half of excellent pace, second half was a little bit slower'.
"The most important thing comes from the player Theo Walcott himself".
Walcott has put his desire to play centre-forward to the side and is now happy to play across the frontline in an effort to help Arsenal.
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'It's down to hard work, but also to belief. But now, the Chilean is finding his form.
The transformative affect on Walcott's psyche was clear to see as soon as Arsenal's players returned for pre-season training.
"This team is very strong at the moment and we should be proud". Birkir Bjarnason brought out a fine save from David Ospina with a curling effort whilst Shkodran Mustafi almost let the visitors in when he dithered near his own box.
Basel coach Urs Fischer used a new tactical system, playing three defenders at the back. Because he had two shocks a year ago - what happened to him at Man United [when, after an anonymous performance he was roundly criticised by Alan Shearer] and what happened at the Euros and I think he thought about the problem, I had a chat with him at the start of the season and he was clear.
Walcott also feels that Arsenal are paying so well that not many teams will want to play them.
"He is not available (for game against Basel), he is suspended because he was sent off at PSG". We have to benefit from that.
It worked, but Arsenal should have been able to give game time to Lucas Perez and Jeff Reine-Adelaide in a dead rubber rather than worry about what might have happened if Basel nicked one.
Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka faced his older brother Taulant Xhaka for the time since the siblings lined up against each other at the European Championship in June - Granit for Switzerland and Taulant for Albania.