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Walcott laments first-leg mistakes

15 March 2013 14:26

Arsenal attacker Theo Walcott insists his team can only blame themselves for their Champions League exit.

Arsenal went into Wednesday's second leg at the Allianz Arena with a 3-1 deficit after a tame showing at the Emirates Stadium left the club with little hope of qualifying for the quarter-finals.

A spirited Arsenal performance saw them valiantly fight to a 2-0 win, but exit on away goals, and Walcott believes the squad should be credited despite their exit from the competition.

"Our mistakes in the first leg cost us," Walcott told reporters. "You can't do that at the top level, but you have to give the guys credit for our away performance.

"We went out with pride, worked hard and worked for each other. We need to do that more often. It's a weird feeling at the moment.

“Bayern are a top-class team. They can hit you on the break and they're very well organised, but I felt we were very well organised too and we matched them all over the park.

"It just wasn't meant to be. It was very difficult out there."

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Competition
UEFA Champions League
Date
13 March 2013
Kick-off
20:45
Half-time
0 - 1
Full-time
0 - 2
On aggregate
3 - 3
Venue
Allianz-Arena (München)
Attendance
68000

Goals

0 - 1
3' O. Giroud
 (assist by T. Walcott)
0 - 2
86' L. Koscielny
 (assist by Cazorla)

Lineups

# Player Bookings
21
4 80'
28 44'
6 86' 86'
25
7 62'
8
19 83'
16
14
12 3' 74'
Coach: A. Wenger

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
33 89'
44
11
13
14
22
26

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