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Gill to step down at Man United

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Wed, 20 Feb 2013 12:01:00

Arsenal forward Theo Walcott has called on his team-mates to respond strongly after losing 3-1 at home to Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

Arsene Wenger's side were outplayed in the last-16, first leg match at Emirates Stadum, to leave them as outsiders to progress in the competition.

But with important matches coming up in the Premier League, Walcott is keen for Arsenal to pull together and move on from their European nightmare.

"We need to try and not dwell on this result. We need to think about getting back to the Premier League. We've got some important matches coming up thick and fast," he told the club's official website.

"That Tottenham game (on 3 March) could be a massive game for us. And we need to win against Aston Villa first (on Saturday).

"Our Premier League form has been very good so we can't dwell on this result for too long.

"We need to get back to where we should be and start getting a winning run at home."

The England international has not given up hope that Arsenal can still progress in the Champions League though, with the return leg against Bayern in Germany coming up on 13 March.

"When we go there (to Munich), we have to be very positive and just go right at them," he added.

"Last season we beat AC Milan when we lost 4-0 in the first leg. We did very well at home here.

"We've got to show what we can do when we go away and play without any fear and have nothing to lose. It's a big ask but we need to be positive."

Gill joined the board in February 1997 as finance director and has been its chief executive since September 2003. He is to remain a director of Manchester United Football Club.

Executive vice chairman Ed Woodward will assume his responsibilities from June.

Gill told Manchester United's official website: "It has been the greatest privilege to serve Manchester United for 16 wonderful years - the last 10 of which as its chief executive. I have worked alongside the finest manager in the history of the game and been part of what I consider to be the best club in the best sport in the world.

"It has been a very hard decision because I love this club and, as the fans' banner says, it is, 'more than a religion'. I've experienced some incredible highs, such as the Treble in 1999 and the League and Champions League double in 2008, and lows, like losing the title with the last kick of the season last year. But that is what makes this club and this sport so compelling."

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