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Arsenal's Walcott: We owed boss Wenger those seven goals

Theo Walcott believes the players owed Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger a convincing performance to get back into the race for a Champions League place. The Gunners hammered Blackburn Rovers 7-1 at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday - their first league win of 2012.

"The boss always takes a lot of stick from everyone criticising him, but us players need to look up to him because he's been taking it all," the England international said.

"We are the ones who go out there and put out the performances and sometimes they have not been good enough."

Walcott on the club's official website, added: "There are so many world-class players in the dressing room, so it is disappointing when we come back from Bolton with a 0-0 draw where we had a lot of chances.

"I has just been one of those frustrating seasons.

"Hopefully a lot of those frustrations came out against Blackburn, where everybody stood up for themselves."

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