The record defeat has sparked claims that the 8-2 scoreline was the catalyst for Arsenal to perform their uncharacteristic raid of the transfer market, and in some ways it may have saved our season.
Speaking about the aftermath of the defeat, Walcott said:
It was completely dead afterwards, it is hard to recover from that result and it could hurt a lot of players. But you can’t do anything about it. You can’t sulk.
There are younger players you have to help out. We had Alex Chamberlain making his debut in that game. Carl Jenkinson got sent off.
Arsenal are a big club. You have to be able to react to those sort of moments.
There’s no point sitting and sulking about what you could have done better. The better team won on the day. A lot of people dropped their heads as soon as that fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth goals went in.
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I wouldn’t say we gave up. We tried our best. But Manchester United were very strong and scored some great goals.
Maybe the organisation wasn’t quite there either. We are just going to have to catch up in our results.
The newly improved team is set to meet-up for the first time on Wednesday after the conclusion of the international break with Walcott having five new players to meet, which include Mikel Arteta, Per Mertesacker, Yossi Benayoun, Chu-Young Park and Andre Santos.
Hopefully the injection of experience will help in the lack of organisation Walcott speaks of and also aid in guiding our young stars to greatness.
Speaking about Arsenal’s frantic activity on deadline day, Walcott stated:
I have never seen Arsenal do that in all the years I have been there
A lot of teams leave it until last minute so it was interesting to see. We got rid of two great players but we’ve brought a few in and I look forward to seeing them on Wednesday.
New faces tend to get everyone bubbling. We all have to lift our spirits and hopefully those new signings will do the job.
They’ve had so much experience. Arteta in particular is a fantastic player. He can definitely spot a pass and I am looking forward to playing with him.