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Arsene Wenger: Why I started with Theo Walcott against Stoke City


Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was delighted after his side's 2-0 win at home against Stoke City.

Striker Theo Walcott scored the opening goal in the 31st minute with the Gunners having to wait until the 85th minute to find a well-deserved second goal.

The Englishman didn't disappoint in a central striker position, much to the delight of the Frenchman.

"I believe we put in a very strong performance," Wenger told reporters.

"Technically we had our moments in the first half and we played the football we wanted to play and created several chances.

"Maybe if I wanted to be critical I could say that that there is too big a difference between the number of chances we created and the number of goals we scored but that will come quickly once you win your games at home.

"[I started with Theo Walcott] to use [his] movement.

"I know Stoke are a compact, organised team in their own half and Theo could find little pockets to get in their and maybe that you get two or three chances to counter attack at home so maybe you can use that. He scored a great goal because you needed technical quality to score and timing in the finish.

"He has chances. He can be a prolific goalscorer. When you come out of the game and look at the amount of chances he scored. The bigger the belief he has to score the more he will score. But he gets in good situations.

"I think at the moment we play every three days for four weeks. I will have to rotate the strikers without robbing their confidence. But you cannot always play with the same player every three days especially up front."

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