Arsenal ace laments Chelsea defeat and targets ‘massive’ West Ham clash

14:23 21 January 2013

Arsenal

Arsenal's Theo Walcott. Photo: Adam Davy/EMPICS Sport

EMPICS Sport

Theo Walcott has urged Arsenal to learn from their mistakes in Sunday’s 2-1 defeat to Chelsea and get back to winning ways against West Ham on Wednesday night.

The Gunners were completely overrun in the first half at Stamford Bridge and lucky to only be 2-0 down at half time.

Walcott, who signed his new contract at the Emirates last week, hit back with a goal after the break but it was too late for Arsene Wenger’s side, who now lie seven points behind fourth-place Spurs.

“We didn’t really start until the second half,” Walcott told Arsenal Player.

“It’s a shame that we conceded two sloppy goals and then woke up a bit.

“We need to show that character and desire to win from the start, not when we concede a goal.

“That is the disappointing thing. We dominated the second half and it is just a shame that we could not get the equaliser that we probably deserved.

“There were some positives to take out of it, but we need to start learning from the mistakes that we have made.”

The Gunners welcome Sam Allardyce’s West Ham to the Emirates next, and Walcott knows a win is essential if they are to keep in touch with the top four.

“There are a lot of teams that have got stronger this year, so we need to step on the gas,” he said.

“We don’t want to be playing catch-up. We want to get points on the board as soon as possible.

“We have a tough game at home against West Ham, so we need to be ready.

“It is a massive game, we have home support and we need to start clocking up points there.

“We have been hot and cold at home of late, so we must be very positive and if we show the commitment that we did in the second half [against Chelsea] we should be fine.”

Related articles

Latest Stories from SNAP.PA

The final GP in the UAE may not have been a thriller, but it did kind of sum up the season for a lot of drivers.

Read more

Kendra got a hug from Jake, but the Twittersphere was unimpressed with her antics.

Read more

Their version of Sir Elton John’s Something About The Way You Look saw Only the Young voted off Saturday’s show.

Read more

Promotions

Gamucci is a global leader and premier brand of electronic cigarettes

Gamucci has an electronic cigarette tailored for every need! We have a range of both disposable and rechargeable electronic cigarettes suitable for all adult smokers. And for a limited time we’re offering up to 40% off.

Money saving Christmas gifts to add to your shopping list!

It’s nearly time to go on the hunt for Christmas presents, stuck on what to get for your nearest and dearest? We’ve picked out a selection of great deals to get you started and to help you save some pennies!

Match reports

TOP STORIES

Arsenal Quizzes

Try our fiendishly difficult new Arsenal quiz! Picture: PA

This new quiz will test even the most devoted Arsenal fans’ knowledge...

Read more
Can you name these moustaches?

Movember is upon us once again and men across the country are growing moustaches to raise money to battle prostate cancer.

Read more
Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho go head to head (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Football managers are either deified or chastised, depending on results and they are some of the most famous faces in the country.

Read more

Arsenal Transfer News