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Walcott throws his weight behind embattle boss Wenger

By Mark Mann-Bryans

Theo Walcott has called on his Arsenal team-mates to ease the mounting pressure on manager Arsene Wenger by ending disharmony in the ranks.

The Gunners were left humbled and humiliated once again as Bayern Munich ran up a 5-1 win at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday night to secure a resounding 10-2 aggregate victory in their Champions League round of 16 clash.

A wretched run of five defeats in their last seven games has left Wenger under intense pressure and the 67-year-old is yet to decide whether to extend his two-decade stay beyond the end of the season.

"We need to take the pressure off the manager and that will happen by performances. Who knows what the manager will do? Players just want to do well for the manager," said Walcott, who scored against Bayern.

Most of the build-up to the Bayern game focused on a training ground bust-up between Alexis Sanchez and his Arsenal team-mates.

"You don't see it often at Arsenal, things have happened," Walcott said.

"They need to stay in the dressing room and the players and staff need to sort it out. We are in it together here. We can't be fighting each other."

Arsenal now face an FA Cup sixth-round meeting against non-league Lincoln at the Emirates on Saturday in a match they simply must win.

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