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Theo Walcott: What Arsene Wenger told us at half-time against Newcastle United


Arsenal striker Theo Walcott says manager Arsene Wenger asked his players to be patient at half-time against Newcastle United.

The Gunners struggled to create goal-scoring opportunities in the first 45 minutes of the game but broke the deadlock after defender Fabricio Coloccini scored an own goal in the 52nd minute of the game.

And Walcott, who played 70 minutes before being replaced by Olivier Giroud, believes that the three points will give confidence to the squad.

"I enjoy playing anywhere in the front line," Walcott told Arsenal Player.

"The manager gave me an opportunity and it's a shame I couldn't help him out there by getting those goals but they'll come.

"It was difficult after they went to 10 men, but you need to be able to adapt. I've been very patient since my knee injury and just want to play football for this team because I feel like we can go places this year.

"Once they did go to 10 men we found it more and more difficult to actually get in behind them. They condensed the pitch and we found it difficult.

"The gameplan was pretty difficult after that but we had to adapt to what we were put up against and we just had to be very patient.

"We said at half-time to just be patient and luckily in the end we got a deflected goal.

"I had opportunities but I just didn't take them. Like I said before, I would on another day. If I came out and had no chances at all I would be very disappointed.

"It's good that I was in there and I know that I can do better, but we got the three points and that's most important."

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