Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Theo Walcott and Arsene Wenger on the Shakhtar Donetsk defeat

Theo Walcott looked for the positives after Arsenal's 2-1 defeat in the Ukraine this evening.

The attacker spoke with the media after the game.

He said:
"It's a tough place to come to. They have a good home record.
"You want an early goal. We wanted to silence the crowd and work from there, but that's football in the end.
"Going in a 2-1 down, it could have been more for them. We didn't defend very well after going ahead.
"My goal doesn't mean anything because we couldn't quite get the win. But we're still in a strong position. We're still top."
On his goal, Walcott said:
"I felt the keeper wasn't quite set and I took him by surprise. That's something I've been practising and it came off.
"I always feel now I'll score them."
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger added his thoughts on the game.

He said:
"We had a good start but after that we became too easy.
"We were punished against a good team. It's a good lesson for us.
"We were shown you can not get through without a 100% defensive concentration. We came back in the second half, but they were intelligent as well.
"We had the chances in the second half but we couldn't take them.
"If you're not focused for 90 minutes then you will suffer."
On being unable to tie up qualification to the next round, Wenger said:
"It is a missed opportunity of course. If we get away with a draw we are there.
"We should have made the most of it after we scored the first goal like we did, I believe it's a lack of maturity.
"We dropped a bit of our urgency and we were punished because they are good players."

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