Walcott: I could have taken penalty, but left it to Giroud


Theo Walcott says there was a chance that he could have taken the penalty awarded to Arsenal early in the second half of the 4-2 win over BATE Borisov, but says he left it for Olivier Giroud as he wanted the French international to join him in the 100 goals club for Arsenal.

Having already scored twice, there was an opportunity for the England man to grab a hat-trick, but knowing the HFB was just one goal away from his century for Arsenal, he didn’t Neymar his teammate, and watched as the former Montpellier man coolly slotted home from the spot.

Speaking after the game, he said, “Being a forward you want to score as many goals as you can. There was a chance for me to take the penalty but knowing that Olivier was on 99 goals I felt like he should.

“It’s a great moment in his career to get 100 goals for Arsenal, I’ve achieved it myself and I know the feeling.

“It’s brilliant so that was why he took the penalty. There were chances but I can’t be too selfish.”

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