Declan Rice has admitted Arsenal’s players have been left “distraught” by their Champions League exit – but has promised a “big reaction.”

Arsenal crashed out of Europe after their defeat to Bayern Munich in the quarter finals and a second defeat in four days leaves their whole season on the brink. Gunners midfielder Rice admitted they had big regrets against Bayern, particularly after not capitalising on a lead in the first leg.

Rice said: “Yeah, we’re gutted. We are distraught really. It’s just difficult to put into words because obviously over the course of the two legs, we had a great chance to go 2-0 up in the first game.

‌“We then had an uphill task because we went behind 2-1, we managed to bring it back to 2-2. We come here after Sunday, you know, feeling refreshed, feeling ready. You see a reaction in the first half especially.

“We played with confidence, just lacking that cutting edge. But again, it comes down to the boxes and, you know, we concede a goal which is unlike us. And to now go out with a header like that in a game that didn’t really have much in it, it’s the most disappointing thing to be honest with you.

‌“It’s gutting. you know I’m hurting. I come into this game, you know, full of hunger, desire, passion. I wanted to just get over the line for this club and so did all the players as well. You could see it, you know, you could see it in everyone. Everyone was so hungry together. But what I take from it is that it’s a learning experience.”

Rice says Arsenal need to respond at Wolves on Saturday to keep their season going after last weekend’s defeat to Aston Villa saw them lose top spot in the title race. But Rice insists they are determined to “stand up and be counted.” He added:

“You know, we’re a young group. There’s a lot of demand and pressure on us now to deliver and rightly so because, you know, we’re good at what we do. You know, this is Arsenal Football Club, one of the biggest clubs in the world, and we need to stand tall and be counted for. And, that now goes back to Saturday. We’ve got Wolves away, and that’s where our big reaction is going to happen.”