Jack Wilshere has expressed his disappointment over the Gunners 1-0 loss at the hands of Stoke City on Saturday, but feels their title push is far from over with a number of decisive fixtures on the horizon.
The Gunners slipped down to third with Liverpool continuing to climb up the rankings, however Manchester City have two games in hand. Wenger’s side were hoping to continue their momentum from their Premiership win over Sunderland last weekend before embarking on a tricky set of fixtures that will define their season.
Wilshere was left to rue Arsenal’s inability to take their chances in the first half, something he feels could have changed the dynamic of the game had they managed to take the lead.
In the aftermath of the loss at the Britannia Stadium, Wilshere told Sky Sports:
We have to be prepared for it. We know what to expect when we come here, it’s going to be a tough game, we have to fight and win second balls and then we have to take the opportunities when they come.
We didn’t do that today. We had a few chances in the first half and we didn’t take them, and you’re going to get punished here.
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We weren’t at our best. Sometimes in these type of games you don’t have to be.
I think we did enough to win the game. We had a few chances in the first half where, if we put them away, we go in one up at half-time and it’s a different game. We can try and see the game out but instead we’re searching for a goal, they’re searching for a goal… it was an open game, and we’re disappointed.
We still had a chance at the end to make it 1-1 but we didn’t take it. We’re disappointed, but we’ll regroup and we’ll go again.
Wilshere is looking forward to the challenge of facing title rivals Chelsea and Manchester City this month and feels it’s only positive as they can regain traction in the race for the Premiership
The good thing is, this month, we play them [Chelsea]. We play all the teams at the top so that’s a good thing and if we win those games, we’re going to be up there.
We have to keep going until the end. Anything can happen as you’ve seen today and in previous weeks.