Interview

'The game was there for us in the first half'

Jack Wilshere was arguably our standout performer at Wembley on Saturday - but that was scant solace for the midfielder as we lost the north London derby.

Afterwards, he spoke to the media and revealed his regrets at not taking our chances in the first half and why we dropped after the interval.

on what went wrong today…
Well, we missed an opportunity in the first half to take the lead. The game was there in the first half, they were a bit cagey and we defended well. We got down on the counter-attack a few times in the first half and we looked like we could have really hurt them, but then we had our final ball where we rushed it and the chance was gone. We’ll look back and take some positives, but at the end of the day it was a big game for us and we lost. We’re not happy.

on the start of the second half…
They started sharper than us I suppose. It’s something we spoke about as well, so I don’t really know why that happened. But we have to deal with it now. We’ve lost the game and we have to move on and focus on the next game and try to win the next game.

on the importance of bouncing back…
That’s the most important thing. In the past, this team has always shown good character and we need to put a run together now and give ourselves a decent chance of challenging.