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Mar 17, 2013

Walcott: Top four failure would be tragedy

Theo Walcott has claimed it would be a tragedy if Arsenal were to miss out on a top-four finish in the Premier League.

• Blog: Arsenal do the necessary

The Gunners are set to finish outside of the Champions League places for the first time in Arsene Wenger's reign at the club following a disappointing season which has also seen them frustrated in the cup competitions.

They were knocked out of the FA Cup and Capital One Cup to lower league opposition but have shown their pedigree by winning 2-0 against Bayern Munich, although they were ultimately still knocked out of Europe by the German side. Walcott believes they must turn that kind of performance in on a consistent basis if they are to finish the season with a flourish.

"We want to be at places like Bayern Munich again, it would be a tragedy for this team not to be in the Champions League," Walcott told The Sunday Mirror.

"The way we played in Germany shows how much we have underperformed at times this season. It's been up and down. For the big occasions we tend to turn up it's just very frustrating.

"We had a lot of leaders in Germany, telling people what to do. There was more communication than there has been previously.

"We have definitely been too quiet, we've been afraid to tell each other what to do even to tell each other off.

"Now we need to show a bit more of that, like we did in Germany. We don't need to always have a go at each other, but we have to speak hard truths.

"We care, we want to prove we want to win and show the desire and commitment. We need to show it to each other and maybe sometimes the referee as well."

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