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Super-sub Walcott helps Arsenal beat West Ham 3-1

Published on Oct 7, 2012 5:56 AM
Arsenal's Theo Walcott celebrates scoring a goal during their English Premier League soccer match against West Ham at the Boleyn Ground in London, Oct 6, 2012. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (AFP) - Theo Walcott sent a message to Arsene Wenger as the Arsenal star came off the bench to inspire his side's 3-1 win at West Ham on Saturday.

Not for the first time this season Walcott found himself left on the substitutes' bench, but the England international's second-half introduction played a key role in Arsenal's third Premier League win of the campaign.

Mohamed Diame had handed West Ham the lead in the first half before French striker Olivier Giroud ended his Premier League goal drought to equalise just before half-time.

Walcott, who is yet to sign a new contract after making it clear to Wenger he wants to be used as a forward rather than a winger, came on to put Arsenal ahead with a clinical finish in the second half before Santi Cazorla completed the win late on to lift the Gunners into fifth place.

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