After the 2-2 draw with Manchester City, man of the match Jack Wilshere took some time to speak to the media; about his performance, the game, and his teammates.
The game was a great time for Wilshere to find his golden form, and he did in style, with a sublime performance which was rightly rewarded by a goal and an assist.
When asked about the game, this is what he had to say:
I think it was a fair result. We started well in the first half and we could have got a few goals, but they’re a great team and they came back into it. All Aguero needs is one chance and he took it. In the second half I thought we had done enough to win it but in the end we looked tired and they could have won it, so we will take a point.
Wilshere has faced his share of criticism due to his work rate and inconsistency. When asked about how it felt proving the critics wrong:
I am just trying to do what I do week in, week out, working hard in training and trying to take that on to the pitch. I am getting fitter and fitter in each game and I felt good today and I am looking forward to another tough game on Tuesday. I had a good couple of games with the national team and I am getting fitter, and recovered well after that [second England] game. I had a few days of training and we all felt fresh today, and you saw that in the first half – we started brightly and unfortunately we didn’t win but on another day we would have.
When asked about his stunning finish:
It was a tight angle and I saw Joe [Hart] go down so that was all I could do, so I am happy with that.
There were several claims that the ball was a handball. When Wilshere was asked whether there was a foul:
No I don’t think [it was a penalty]. I went for the ball and it just bounced up – if it hit my hand, it hit my hand. It is tough for the referees. In another game he might have given it, but he didn’t.
Arsenal’s happiness was marred by an injury to Debuchy, the player needing oxygen before he was carried off the field. Wilshere added:
He looked in a bit of pain. I know all about ankle injuries and they are not nice, so hopefully he will be alright.
When asked about how it felt taking a point off the champions:
I think again we showed great character, especially from being one down to such a top team – they are the champions for a reason and they showed that. But once we were 2-1 up we would liked to have won the game, but we gave away a cheap goal from a set piece and we will have to look at that. But in the end they had a few chances and could have won it, so I am happy with a point.
When asked about national teammate Welbeck’s Arsenal debut, he was full of praise:
He was fantastic. Unfortunately in the first half his little chip didn’t go in but he was fantastic, and he showed great work rate. He was closing the centre backs down, he was chasing back and he was quality on the ball as well so I am sure there is more to come from him.