Jack Wilshere admits
Arsenal’s performance against Anderlecht wasn’t the best but insists that the 3 points are all that matter. The Gunners were flaccid all night and looked set for a defeat against the Belgian champions until Kieran Gibbs and Lukas Podolski turned things around.
Arsenal have been criticised by all quarters for their embarrassing display and the quality of Arsenal’s defending yesterday was nothing less than shoddy. The attacking players didn’t do any better; they misplaced passes, took needless heavy touches, and they hardly threatened the Belgians. Overall it was an abject performance to say the least.
However credit must go the players for pushing on. It may be a lucky win but the importance of these points can’t be overstated. We have had our fair share of misfortune this season with injuries and dropped points, so we were due some luck in that respect and we got that yesterday.
Wilshere admits Arsenal have been through a rough patch and says he will take points over performance all day:
We feel that we’ve been putting in performances but not getting results. Maybe we didn’t put in the performance here, but we got the result – and we’d much rather have it that way. We always felt we were in the game until the end, as long as we kept it at 1-0.
We kept pushing and pushing – OK, they had a few chances, but that was always going to happen at 1-0. We had to look for a goal from somewhere and, once we got that, there was a feeling that they were dropping off a bit and we were pushing on to get that other goal.
We showed great character again. It wasn’t our prettiest performance, but we won the game and that’s all that matters. We’ve been through a bit of a rough stage where we haven’t been winning games, so the main thing was to get the three points.
Wilshere also paid tribute to the traveling fans and dedicated the win to them.
That’s the best way to win [in the last minute]. We felt their frustration throughout the game. We kept getting in and then the final pass wasn’t right.
They travelled a long way and wanted to see us win the game. Thankfully we could give them that win at the end.
As Jack Wilshere says we should have had more points than we have, but the reality is that we are a whopping 11 points behind Chelsea. The title looks way off now and until we get some momentum and Chelsea wobble, there is no way back for us. It’s a must win game at Sunderland this weekend. Hopefully we win and Chelsea lose heavily to Manchester United, both of which ain’t gonna happen.