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'It's taken him a while to settle, hasn't it? 10 years?': Roy went full Roy on Theo Walcott

The Arsenal attacker grabbed a brace for the Gunners but the Republic of Ireland assistant manager wasn’t exactly gushing in his praise.

THEO WALCOTT WAS lauded after his brace for Arsenal in their 2-0 Champions League win over Basel last night.

It meant four goals in his last three games and five in total for the season but there was one notable figure who wanted to contextualise things a little.

“It’s taken him a while to get a settle at the club, hasn’t it? Ten years?” said Roy Keane, who was on punditry duty for ITV.

“Listen, the guy needs to relax. He’s had a good week. Try playing well for the next seven, eight, nine months when the real crunch games come. I wouldn’t get carried away about Walcott. He’s got to keep doing it over the next year or two.”

Arsene Wenger’s side have now won their last four games in all competitions and are unbeaten since that 4-3 defeat to Liverpool on the opening day of the Premier League season.

Arsenal v FC Basel - UEFA Champions League - Group A - Emirates Stadium Source: Adam Davy

But Keane was reluctant to offer too much praise, pointing to the fact that there’s still a lot of football from here until the end of the campaign and twisting the knife regarding the team’s perceived attitude and lack of aggression.

“Tonight was a lovely game for Arsenal. When they’re in that form they’re great to watch”, he said.

“They could’ve scored seven, eight, nine goals easily. But the crunch games are coming up for them over the next few months, when the cold nights come in and we’ll see half the Arsenal players with their gloves on.”

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