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Pundit challenges Walcott to excel over time

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Television pundit Roy Keane has stated that Theo Walcott is in good form at the moment but has challenged the Arsenal attacker to replicate his good performances over time.

The England international has started the new season with some excellent individual performances from his most-natural right wing berth in Arsene Wenger’s starting XI.

Walcott has got the nod to play in Aaron Ramsey’s absence and has taken the opportunity with both hands for the Premier League side.

The flying wideman scored both goals as Arsenal beat Swiss outfit FC Basel 2-0 in the Champions League on Wednesday night, gaining the plaudits of pundits and his manager in the process.

Keane has been speaking about Walcott’s purple patch but has not got too carried away in praising the English attacker.

The former Manchester United midfielder said that the Arsenal star needed to put in good performances consistently and that his showings in big matches against Europe and England’s best would be what mattered.

“It’s took him a while to get settled, hasn’t it?” Keane told ITV Sport, published online by Metro.

“Listen, he’s had a good week, the guy needs to relax, try playing over the next seven, eight or nine months when the real big crunch games come and you’re on about looking at certain players for Arsenal.

“Tonight was a lovely game for Arsenal, when they have that much possession they are great to watch, they could have scored seven, eight, nine goals easily.

“But the crunch games are coming up over the next few months when the cold nights come on, we’ll see maybe half the Arsenal players with gloves on.

“So I wouldn’t be getting carried away with Walcott. He’s got a lot to do. Lovely goals tonight, simplicity, his movement, finishing – but he’s got to do it over the next year or two.”

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