There was no doubting that Jack Wilshere was very disappointed that Arsenal didn’t take their chances against Tottenham in the first half, but he tried to concentrate on the ‘positives’ after the game. “Well, we missed an opportunity in the first half to take the lead. The game was there in the first half, they were a bit cagey and we defended well. We got down on the counter-attack a few times in the first half and we looked like we could have really hurt them, but then we had our final ball where we rushed it and the chance was gone. We’ll look back and take some positives, but at the end of the day it was a big game for us and we lost. We’re not happy.”
Jack was also at a loss to explain why it all fell apart in the second half, when we fell behind after Harry Kane rose above the Arsenal defence to head it into the net. “They started sharper than us I suppose. It’s something we spoke about as well, so I don’t really know why that happened. But we have to deal with it now. We’ve lost the game and we have to move on and focus on the next game and try to win the next game.”
We now have our Europa League games coming up, and hopefully we can get some confidence back before playing Man City twice, in the League Cup Final and in the League. Jack thinks that we simply have to bounce back immediately. “That’s the most important thing. In the past, this team has always shown good character and we need to put a run together now and give ourselves a decent chance of challenging.”
We may have done that in the past, Jack, but I haven’t seen us bounce back from all our other away defeats this season. It is a massive worry that we can’t perform away from home any more. We really need to change that against Ostersunds at least!