Theo Walcott issues Arsenal rallying cry ahead of Chelsea clash

Theo Walcott wants a response from Arsenal after their Champions League setback

Theo Walcott says Arsenal must move on from their Champions League setback ahead of Saturday’s trip to Chelsea.

The Gunners were beaten 2-1 by Dinamo Zagreb in their opening game of the Champions League group-stage last night.

We have had setbacks before and have managed to bounce back from them

Theo Walcott

Arsenal are unbeaten in their last four Premier League games, including a stalemate with Liverpool at The Emirates.

Walcott, who scored Arsenal’s goal in Croatia, urged the north London side not to dwell on their European setback with a clash against defending Premier League champions looming on the horizon.

“We need to move on now,” Waclott told Sky Sports. “We have got a big, important game at the weekend, but everyone will be very disappointed.

“However, we can’t blow one result and say ‘it’s the end of the season’ – we have still got a long Champions League run [ahead].

“We have had setbacks before and have managed to bounce back from them.

“The manager will make sure that it’s put to bed in the changing room and that it will stay there. We need to reflect on this game and move on quickly.”

Arsenal lost 2-0 to West Ham United in their opening game of the Premier League season.

However, the north London side bounced back with victory over Crystal Palace, a stalemate with Liverpool before back-to-back wins against Newcastle United and Stoke City.

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Chelsea have made their worst start to a top-flight campaign since 1986 after the west London side collected four points from five games.

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