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Walcott reveals sacrificial role to aid 100-goal man Giroud

Europa League By: Linus Onyeze | 29/09/2017

Olivier Giroud joined the 100's club on Thursday night as he scored in Arsenal's 4-2 Europa League win over BATE Borisov and Theo Walcott has made a revelation about that.Olivier Giroud joined the 100's club on Thursday night as he scored in Arsenal's 4-2 Europa League win over BATE Borisov and Theo Walcott has made a revelation about that.


Theo Walcott has revealed he gave up personal glory to allow for Olivier Giroud to net his 100th goal for Arsenal in their 4-2 Europa League win over BATE Borisov in Belarus on Thursday night.

The 28-year old unselfishly gave up the chance to score a hat-trick for Arsenal as he revealed he insisted team-mate Giroud should take his side's penalty during the win in a bid to aid the Frenchman grab his 100th goal for the North Londoners.

He even posted a picture on his Instagram account of him and Giroud after the game, writing: “Welcome to the 100 club”, which has had nearly 30,000 likes since he posted it minutes after the final whistle in Belarus on Thursday evening. 

Walcott, who reached the ton-up milestone back in February when he scored against non-league outfit Sutton United in the fifth round of the FA Cup, was keen for his colleague to become the next man to get to three figures for Arsene Wenger's men.

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Speaking after the game Walcott said: “Being a forward you want to score as many goals as you can. There was a chance for me to take the penalty [and score my hat-trick] 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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