Theo Walcott has admitted he was disappointed by the part he played in Manchester United’s opening goal as Arsenal ground out a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford on Saturday.
Jose Mourinho’s side opened the scoring through Juan Mata who collected a pass from Ander Herrera before firing past Petr Cech with a clinical strike.
Walcott failed to close down Mata in the build-up to the goal and the England international revealed his disappointment after the final whistle.
“I’m just disappointed because my positioning on the goal was disappointing from my side of it,” he said via ESPN.
“Because defensively I want to [cover that]. I’ve been doing that all season. I knew that was my man to get in there. So on a personal level that’s very disappointing for myself. But the guys, they did well and we managed to get that point that we deserved.”
A late goal from Olivier Giroud salvaged a point for the Gunners and ensured their unbeaten run continues and Walcott was pleased with the draw.
“Maybe in years gone by we would have probably lost that game,” Walcott added.
“We need to turn these draws into wins… But in years gone by this is a very tough place for us to play and we managed to get a result today.”
Walcott’s honesty was refreshing after a disappointing display although the spirit shown to salvage a barely-deserved point shows a definite improvement from seasons past.