Welbz and Theo on hammering ‘bogey team’ Southampton


Theo Walcott and Danny Welbeck, fresh from hammering home the five goals that sent Southampton out of the FA Cup were obviously in fine fettle at full time.

Here’s what they had to say when they faced the BT Sport cameras … and here’s the match report with the goal clips.

On an important win and ‘emphatic’ performance…

TW: We know how hard it’s been when we’ve come to Southampton. They are our bogey side to be honest. From the word go we were ready. We’ve made some poor starts lately but we came out of the blocks running and this man next to me [Welbeck] is back with an absolute bang. It’s great to see him back on the pitch. Again it’s a clean sheet which we always aim for in any game. It’s nice that we created a lot of chances and tucked them away today.

On scoring against his old club…

TW: It’s not payback, its been so long now. I’ve had some great memories here and Southampton will always be in my heart, without a doubt. I enjoyed playing football here at the time and obviously I enjoyed tonight. Southampton are a strong team, they’re obviously doing well as a cup team – I’ll be cheering them on in the [EFL Cup] final. And they’re obviously solid in the league.

Going back to us, a lot of changes were made by the manager today. Obviously, there’s been a lot going on behind closed doors but us players we’ve done the talking on the pitch.

On scoring on his first start back…

DW: It was obviously good to be back out on the pitch after such a long time. It’s been a horrible few months and obviously with the injury before. It was great to be back out there scoring goals and doing what I love doing.

On coming back from injury…

DW: I think because I’d had the experience before coming back from injury, you kind of know what to expect, even though it’s tough times. The end game is to be back out on the pitch and playing in the first team; I got that opportunity today and I’m looking forward to doing it many more times.

On Wenger not being on the touchline…

TW: We’re on the pitch and we just try to do out job. It’s important for the manager to be there but he’s in the dressing room before the game telling us what to do and at half time. We know our jobs, we’ve been in the game so long and we’ve got lots of experience in the team so we know what to do. We wanted to get the win today and we did that.

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