Theo Walcott came off the bench against Dinamo Zagreb to score his fourth goal in three games but it was ultimately for nothing as 10-man Arsenal couldn’t find a second to at least claim a point in their opening Champions League game.

With Olivier Giroud being sent off in the first half, the Gunners were left with the proverbial mountain to climb and although they could probably claim that they were robbed by flag happy officials, they were, ultimately, the architects of their own downfall once again despite being favourites for the game with Bet4Rate.

Arsenal's English forward Theo Walcott (R) challanges Dinamo Zagreb's Portuguese goalkeeper Eduardo during the UEFA Champions League Group F football match between GNK Dinamo Zagreb and Arsenal FC at Maksimir Stadium in Zagreb on September 16, 2015. AFP PHOTO / ANDREJ ISAKOVIC
Theo Walcott (R) challanges Dinamo Zagreb’s Portuguese goalkeeper Eduardo at Maksimir Stadium AFP PHOTO / ANDREJ ISAKOVIC

Speaking after the game, Theo was happy enough that he’d managed to get on the scoresheet but was more than aware that it is the winning that is important, not the personal glory.

“As a forward you just want to score goals and create chances,” Theo told

“As long as I can do that, that’s the main thing. It’s all about the team winning.

“If you score a load of goals and the team doesn’t win, it doesn’t mean anything at all. I’m a team player, I want this team to do well and I believe that this team can do well.

“I’m sure we’ll bounce back strongly.”

Next up for the Gunners, as you know, is a trip to Stamford Bridge and anyone who is planning on making any football predictions will have a hard time calling this one given the relative form of both sides.

Let’s hope they do indeed bounce back strongly.