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Published: 14:02 | 9/3/16

Walcott reveals players meeting


Arsenal players met to discuss their disappointing results ahead of Tuesday's FA Cup fifth round replay against Hull, Theo Walcott has revealed.

The Gunners went into Tuesday's game on the back of defeats against Barcelona, Manchester United and Swansea and the draw with Tottenham.

With the club on the brink of Champions League elimination and their Premier League title hopes hanging by a thread, Walcott has confirmed the players held a meeting without Arsene Wenger's knowledge to discuss their recent poor form.

"We are not going to lie - we know as a unit it has been tough and we all had a good chat amongst us behind closed doors, without even any of coaches or the manager knowing about anything,” Walcott confirmed.

"I think it is important that as a team [to know] we have got it in us. We just have to produce it more often.

"You had a sense of the Tottenham game especially, when you go down to ten men in a big game like that, the belief and the character was there.

"The never-give-up spirit was there as well. In the derby matches, they could be the matches that turn your season and we may have turned the corner maybe.

"We have quite a lot of experienced players in the dressing room. It came from Cech, Mikel, Per and Tomas. We have four good old heads there.

"I’d like to keep what was said among ourselves but it was very important. We have had a reaction from it anyway."

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