Gunners give Wenger a shot at England's top job

FIRING HOT: Arsenal's Walcott (in yellow) reacting after scoring the team's second goal during the UEFA Champions League group A soccer match between Arsenal and FC Basel in London on Wednesday.


    Sep 30, 2016

    Gunners give Wenger a shot at England's top job


    IF HE really wants the once-again vacant England job, Arsene Wenger's Arsenal players provided the Frenchman the perfect showreel in a classy 2-0 defeat of FC Basel to move joint top of Champions League Group A on Wednesday.

    Sam Allardyce's self-inflicted demise after only 67-days in charge of the national team has inevitably given voice to those who say the FA should turn to Wenger - an almost de-facto Englishman after 20 years in charge of Arsenal.

    Arsenal's vibrant display against a club that has got the better of Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea in the competition in recent years will strengthen their calls.

    Theo Walcott, discarded by Allardyce's predecessor Roy Hodgson for the woeful Euro 2016 campaign, scored twice before the break as the hosts tore Basel apart.

    Had it not been for Basel keeper Tomas Vaclik, a rampant Arsenal could have been six up before half-time.

    A pre-match poll on the BBC's website had 66 per cent of voters agreeing that Wenger should lead England out of the mess created by Allardyce's downfall after he was secretly filmed making inappropriate comments in a Daily Telegraph sting.

    Wenger said he had been surprised by the chain of events but declined to offer any clues as to what the future may hold once his current Arsenal contract runs out next year.

    "I am 100 per cent focused on Arsenal until the end of the season and my priority will always be to this club," he said.

    "Nothing will change that."

    They have now gone eight matches unbeaten since losing to Liverpool on the opening day of the season and against Basel continued where they left off in a 3-0 rout of Chelsea at the weekend, courtesy of another first-half onslaught.