Theo Walcott has revealed Arsenal’s players held a meeting ahead of Tuesday’s FA Cup victory over Hull City aimed at improving their results after a disappointing spell.
The Gunners recently slipped to defeats against Barcelona, Manchester United and Swansea and drew 2-2 with Tottenham at White Hart Lane as their chances of winning the Premier League title and progressing in the Champions League took a significant blow.
Walcott says the meeting was held without Arsene Wenger’s knowledge and was led by experienced players Petr Cech, Mikel Arteta, Per Mertesacker and Tomas Rosicky as an attempt to get the club’s season back on track.
“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,” he told reporters.
“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.