Wilshere & Walcott Speak Out After Bayern Defeat

By on February 20, 2013

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Arsenal duo Jack Wilshere and Theo Walcott have had their say following last nights disappointing 3-1 loss to Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

We’ve given ourselves a mountain to climb to reach the quarter finals with Tuesday nights loss meaning we’ll have to score at least three goals in Munich to have any chance of progressing. Given the fact Bayern have only conceded 7 goals in the league all season, I think it’s safe to say we need a minor miracle!

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Wilshere, who was one of the few Arsenal players to emerge from the game with any credit, told Arsenal.com that a slow start has once again cost us and with the visitors 2-0 up inside the first 21 minutes, it’s difficult to argue with him.

We were better in the second period and got a lifeline through Lukas Podolski, and could even have levelled when Giroud fired straight at Neuer, but Mandzukic killed the game with a third on the break and Wilshere is left ruining our sluggish start once again, telling the clubs official website:

“We’re disappointed, we started the second half really well and it’s a shame that we couldn’t do that in the first half. We started the second half well, had a chance to make it 2-2, and then they went down the other end and made it 3-1 so it makes it difficult for us.

“We questioned ourselves in the first half and the first 10 minutes but we showed that when we step up and really play, we can. We just have to have a bit more self-belief. We’ve started games poorly over the last couple of months and we’ve been punished. If you start poorly against a team like that, you’re going to get punished.”

Despite the perilous position we find ourselves in, our captain-in-waiting is trying to remain positive insisting if we can nick a couple of away goals in the second leg, you never know what might happen. He continued:

“It’s never over, we play for Arsenal, we can’t give things up at a big club like this. We’ve got a couple of weeks until the next game [against Bayern]. We need to recover, get a couple of wins in the Premier League and you never know what can happen.

“If we score an early goal and get another one, they’re up against it. We’re not 100 per cent out of it. It’s going to be difficult but we’re not out of it yet.

“We know that if we can take the game to them, we can score a couple of goals. You saw last year that AC Milan started to get worried [when Arsenal came back from 4-0 down to trail 4-3 on aggregate]. Bayern are a good team though. It will be difficult but we’ve got to believe.”

Theo Waloctt, who surprisingly started up front, had a tough night against a well organised Bayern defence but claims we have nothing to fear in the second leg and points to last seasons tie with AC Milan as inspiration, when we lost 4-0 away only to go agonisingly close to turning things around after winning the second leg 3-0 at the Emirates. He told Arsenal.com:

“When we go there [to Munich], we have to be very positive and just go right at them,” said Walcott.

“Last season we beat AC Milan when we lost 4-0 in the first leg. We did very well at home here. We’ve got to show what we can do when we go away and play without any fear and have nothing to lose. It’s a big ask but we need to be positive.”

However, the 23-year-old insists the squad must first focus on the Premier League and the race for a top-four finish with vital games against Tottenham and Everton coming up before the trip to Munich, he continued:

“We need to try and not dwell on this result. We need to think about getting back to the Premier League. We’ve got some important matches coming up thick and fast.

“That Tottenham game [on March 3] could be a massive game for us. And we need to win against Aston Villa first.

“Our Premier League form has been very good so we can’t dwell on this result for too long. We need to get back to where we should be and start getting a winning run at home.”

The odds are firmly stacked against us to qualify for the quarter finals so if we’re to salvage anything from this season, the players need to pick themselves up and focus on overhauling Tottenham in the league table. If we finish outside the top-four, this will surely go down as the worst season under Arsene Wenger and his position at the club could soon become untenable.

Saturday’s clash with Aston Villa is a vital game for many reasons and anything but three points doesn’t bare thinking about.

What are your thoughts on the state of the squad right now? Who’s to blame for this mess? Get involved in the comments section below.

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12 Comments

  1. Jacob Ezekiel Agum (JP)

    February 20, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    I will blame Arsene Wenger for Arsenal predicament. Because he like to sale quality players without their good replacement. He also likes looking down on some league at the expense of another league. Tel me if he had used yesterday line up against Blackborn last weekend would they won us? Which league do we have hope on this season? 8 years without trophy is it not a disgrace?

  2. Frank

    February 20, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    Wenger lack d technical ability to manage Arsenal now and should resign

    • Oguntuase Amos

      February 20, 2013 at 4:26 pm

      I am sure you are an expert that knows everything e even though you haver never managed a team.

  3. Oguntuase Amos

    February 20, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    Walcott and Wilshere were both culpable for the loss even though Wilshere played better, their not tracking bsck whenever they lost the ball caused the defence to be overwhelmed by Bsyern attackers. They need to do more defensive duties if they realy love Arsenal

  4. Ajoge A

    February 20, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    I put d blame on wenger. He’s lost everytin, vatualy everytin. If nt hw can he used Walcot as a striker in front of tall defenders. Podolski did notin to help Vermealen in defence. Yet he played 70mins.

  5. muby

    February 20, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    Arsen wenger must be sacked, he was the responsible of all this.

  6. Nonso

    February 20, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    Ogun,i agree wit.walcot nd wilshere even carzola shld track back wen d ball is lost.if cazorla had tracked back nd helped verminator we wuldnt v concided d 3rd goal.let me ask why do we start ramsey?he slowed our attack cos he nd arteta play same style,i jst cant undastand..

  7. Muzefa

    February 20, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    Why ox not playd. instead ramsey. he has power,runner.strength ,,,,,,, stupid wenger

  8. Awyzo

    February 20, 2013 at 11:47 pm

    Why did wenger buy that malaga lb when he knws that he will not play ucl for arsenal.

  9. Ndianabasi

    February 21, 2013 at 9:58 am

    Bayan munich was nt my problem bcos i kno we ll nt beat them. My problem was FA CUP why did we lost 2 blak boun, an y did he subt rosyki? Pls tel him 2 go 4 leav.

  10. ken

    February 21, 2013 at 10:46 am

    Arsenal are a big European club finacialy they are sound and clearly r enjoy the big games FA cup, champions league, but the fans are starving for success ,i dont no whos running arsenal football club , the blackburn, bayern games where poor results for a big club like Arsenal ,
    i hear people say wengers done so much for English football and be careful what you wish for , well i wish for a trophy and for a manager to keep hold of our best players and to compete with the best teams in Europe and the premiership , is that to much to ask
    we have spurs and everton coming up for fouth place positions our last hope of salvation ,is this team wenger believes in up for it
    i saw a tearful arsen wenger on tuesday night and one who after the game acknowledged the Arsenal fans despair for a change ,
    is this a sign that mr wengers has hit relizeation has he had enough , what i do know is
    no one likes to see arsenal football like this ,its great club with good patient supporters
    ALL IM LEFT WITH IS WHOS RUNNING ARSENAL FOOTBALL CLUB

  11. ken

    February 21, 2013 at 10:58 am

    Arsenal are a big European club finacialy they are sound and clearly r enjoying the big games FA cup, champions league, but the fans are starving for success The blackburn, bayern games where poor results and perfomances for a big club like Arsenal ,
    i hear people say wengers done so much for English football and be careful what you wish for , well i wish for a trophy and for a manager to keep hold of our best players and to compete with the best teams in Europe and the premiership ,and put his energy into the first eleven arsenal football team , do you think that is much to ask
    we have spurs and everton coming up for fouth place positions our last hope of salvation ,is this team wenger believes in up for it
    i saw a tearful arsen wenger on tuesday night and one who after the game acknowledged the Arsenal fans despair for a change ,
    is this a sign that mr wengers has hit relizeation has he had enough , what i do know is
    no one likes to see arsenal football like this ,its great club with good patient supporters
    ALL IM LEFT WITH IS WHOS RUNNING ARSENAL FOOTBALL CLUB

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