Keane sticks boot into Walcott and Arsenal (again)

Date published: Thursday 29th September 2016 12:07

Roy Keane: Curbed Walcott praise

Roy Keane says he’s not “getting carried away” with the form of Theo Walcott, despite his sizzling start to the season.

Walcott scored both goals on Wednesday night as Arsenal defeated Basel 2-0 to take his tally to the season to five goals with one assist.

The 27-year-old has been rejuvenated this season after returning to the right wing, but former Man Utd skipper Keane, speaking on ITV Sport, has put a dampener on his form and told him to “relax”.

“It’s took him a while to get settled,” said the Republic of Ireland assistant manager. “Listen he’s had a good week. The guy needs to relax. Try to play well for the next seven or eight months.

“Tonight was a lovely game for Arsenal. When they’re in that form and have that amount of possession, they’re great to watch – they could’ve seven, eight, nine goals easily.

“But the crunch games are still to come for them, when the cold nights come in, with half the Arsenal players with their gloves on, so I wouldn’t be getting carried away with Walcott.

“He scored some lovely goals tonight, with the simplicity of his movement, it was outstanding, but he’s got to do it over the course the next year or two.”

Walcott himself was asked about his renaissance early this week and and claimed: “It’s all down to hard work.

Theo Walcott

“I’ve worked hard from the back end of last season and I’ve just continued to do that throughout the whole summer.

“I generally forget about the game that’s just happened and move on to the next one. I just want to be better than I was the day before.

“(The new mindset) probably came from myself. I found it difficult last year — coming towards the end of the season I didn’t get my opportunities but I was still working hard.

“I spoke to many people and it maybe woke up something in my system.”

Keane’s scepticism of Arsenal has been well documented over the last few years with the 45-year-old recently claiming the Gunners have too many players who are “more interested in selfies and six-packs”.

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