Arsene Wenger hails duo

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been full of praise for duo Theo Walcott and Aaron Ramsey in his latest interview with the club’s official website and the Frenchman has also revealed that the squad are feeling confident ahead of the new Premier League campaign that gets underway next weekend.

Walcott and Ramsey were influential during Arsenal’s 3-1 victory over Manchester City on Saturday with the English winger scoring one and assisting two, whilst the Welsh international also grabbed a goal and an assist.

The two have been very impressive during The Gunners’ pre-season and their performances haven’t got unnoticed as manager Arsene Wenger was full of praise for his British duo.

“It’s important to be confident, especially when you score three goals,” the manager told Arsenal Player. “It’s good to keep the urgency high as well and I think we will do that. The team has a good attitude, good spirit and you could see that again here.

“Walcott put in a great performance. I’m happy with both sides of his game – he defended very well and [set up] two goals. His game has improved tremendously because he’s an intelligent player. When you’re intelligent, you always improve.

“I have always believed in Aaron and I think he has shown again what a tremendous engine and what desire he has. His vision has improved and his tactical aspect has improved a lot. He’s growing into a very strong player.”

The Frenchman was happy to perform in front of a sell-out crowd in Finland on Saturday and he also expressed his delight at his side’s performance against a Premier League outfit.

“We had a fantastic fanbase here and it’s good to make them happy,” he said. “I would like to thank them for turning up like that and supporting the team as they did.

“It was a good game with a big intensity – a real Premier League level with the same intensity. I’m happy with many aspects of our game. We have some small points to work on but overall it’s very positive.”

Alex Batt – @AlexBatt

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