Date: 8th March 2017 at 4:08pm
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Theo Walcott and Hector Bellerin have both been giving their thoughts following Arsenal’s five one loss to Bayern Munich in the Champions League yesterday evening.

With Arsenal looking to stage an unlikely come back following the first leg five one loss, the night started brightly at the Emirates Stadium with Walcott’s 20th minute strike.

Introduce the match officials, decisions, five goals for Bayern in the second half and a straight red card for Laurent Koscielny and it became a night to forget with a number of fans directing their frustrations back at manager Arsene Wenger.

For Walcott, as he spoke to the Official Site, the England international knew the club had to move on quickly as the players couldn’t dwell on the ‘hurt’ they felt following the match.

‘We wanted to just show passion and commitment, that hasn`t been there in the recent weeks to be honest, and we did. We gave it our all, we went down to 10 men and it completely changed the whole pattern of the game. We should`ve been smart and just opted for damage limitation really. It`s just a big shame. People will be saying that we don`t care and stuff like this but obviously we do care. There`s loads of players who are very hurt, completely, in the dressing room.’

Walcott went on to say.

‘We`ve got Lincoln at the weekend where we`re massive favourites to win that game. We need to move on very quickly from this disappointment. We can`t say, ‘if this happened, or if that happened`. That`s the worst thing in football. It`s a good opportunity to go to Wembley and we need to take it. We`ve got a great opportunity there and then we need to work on the league position. I know we`ve got a game in hand, but it`s going to show if we`re ready for the fight towards the end of the season. Trust me – we are. We are, we just need to show that first half on a consistent basis.’

As for Bellerin in his own post game interview, he knew the players owed the fans an apology for the second half showing.

‘We`re really hurt about the result and how it went. The team gave everything, especially in the first half. We never gave up and we knew it was going to be really hard, but the team went for it from the first minute. After the penalty, things just went downhill. We knew it was very hard for us to come back after that, and we just need to look at ourselves, learn from this situation and focus on Saturday. We have another game, another competition which we know we can do well in and we need to prepare for it.’

With five goals conceded in the second half, the Spaniard went on to say.

‘It`s hard in those situations. In 30 minutes you have to score six goals if you want to come back, and it`s hard for everyone on the pitch to go for it. When you have these situations, you have to try not to concede but still try to score. There`s a lot of pride and you don`t want to lose games like this. With the decisions of the referee, which I don`t want to get involved in, sometimes things don`t go your way. There were a lot of positives, especially in the first half. Even though it`s hard to take, we just need to learn from it.’

Asked about the mood in the dressing room following the game, he explained.

‘I`m really hurt because to see the fans leave the stadium so early? At the end of the day we play for them, want them to be happy, to be behind us, and it hurts to see them leave so early. We just need to try to make them happy with the rest of our season. We know we`ve got the players and the potential to do well, we just need to play every game the same way that we started today. If we play that kind of football, we can be up there. We have to say sorry to the fans because we want to do better than that.’

He also didn’t want to get dragged into giving his thoughts on the referee and whether it was a penalty or red card either.

‘I don`t think it`s good for me to get involved in this conversation. The referees are doing their jobs. Sometimes they`re going to get it wrong, sometimes they get it right. It`s true that it affected a lot of our game because we started the game really well by going 1-0 up in the first half. The team believed that we could make it. After the red card and penalty, it went downhill and we knew we would have to score five or six goals to make it through to the next round.’

Questions about Wenger obviously came up.

‘The whole team is behind the manager. He`s the one who has made the team work. In football, sometimes you`re high and sometimes you experience lows. Now is a low point for us but we only have to look at ourselves to do something. With the help of everyone, we can make it through. We need to just forget tonight, focus on the next game and a competition that the club usually does well in. We just need to go for it and try to finish the season well.’

He added that he wanted Wenger here next season.

‘Of course. It`s as simple as that, especially for me. He`s the one who gave me my chance since day one. He`s played a big part in making me the player that I am, and there are loads of players in the dressing room who will be in the same position as me. We all back him and of course we want him to stay.’

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