A First Half Full Of Regret
Midfielder Jack Wilshere was left a disappointed man at the full time whistle following Arsenal's derby day defeat to Tottenham Hotspur at the weekend.
Having lost one nil at Wembley Stadium following Harry Kane's early second half effort, Wilshere knew that Arsenal really had only themselves to blame as the game was more than there for the taking in the first 45 minutes but we just didn't take our chances when they presented themselves.
Speaking to the Official Site as he met with the media for his post game interviews, the England man explained that everyone in the group knew we should've gone into the break with at least a one goal advantage.
'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.'
With a frantic start to the second half that saw the hosts take the advantage themselves before the 50th minute of the game had cycled round, Wilshere had to admit they came out the break quicker than we did.
'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.'
Obviously the aim now was to bounce back at the next time of asking and hopefully get back to winning ways at the first time of asking.
'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.'