Wenger bats away England rumours after 'comfortable' win
Sep 29 2016 by Marjorie Miles
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted that he is flattered with speculation linking him to the England job.
The in-form Theo Walcott scored both goals for the hosts in the first half, taking his tally to four in his last three games.
Arsenal have opened their winning account in the Champions League this season courtesy of a comfortable 2-0 victory over FC Basel.
Wenger, who celebrates 20 years at the helm at Arsenal this weekend, has been linked with the position before and his current contract at the Emirates Stadium expires at the end of the season.
Yet those simple facts don t do justice to the total mastery Arsenal displayed in a spell-binding first half.
"I would like to congratulate my team for the quality of football they produced", Wenger told the club's official website.
"We had pace, technical quality and movement. My only regret is we didn t take all our chances".
It took only seven minutes for Arsenal to go ahead as they ripped through the Basel defence in a swaggering move that showed the confidence flowing through Wenger s men at present.
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The breakthrough came a moment later when Santi Cazorla chipped a lovely pass down the left side of the box for Sanchez who clipped a flawless cross onto the head of the inrushing Walcott.
Sure enough on 25 minutes Walcott played a one-two with Sanchez 10 yards outside the Basel box and the return put him in on goal.
When Arsenal are at their best, there are few teams in Europe who are such elegant assassins and it was a typically rapier thrust that inflicted the fatal wound on Basel. In the first half, the Gunners' speed and cleverness of their passing outshone Basel.
Walcott picked out Sanchez, then raced onto his return ball and, from 12 yards out, drilled low into the far corner for his fifth goal of the season.
Goalkeeper Tomas Vaclik made some good saves to deny Sanchez and Hector Bellerin from scoring for the Gunners.
The result also means Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka has bragging rights over his brother, Basel's Taulant, for a second time this year.
Arsenal's profligacy continued into the second half, Sanchez failing to pick out Ozil in the middle after robbing Marek Suchy of possession before Alex Iwobi fired wide at the end of a powerful run.
They even threatened a couple of times after the break with Birkir Bjarnason, one of Iceland Euro 2016 heroes, curling a shot that Arsenal keeper David Ospina clawed over the bar.