Tomas Rosicky says he thought Arsenal were going to achieve the almost-impossible against AC Milan last night, going in 3-0 up at half-time, but says he’s proud of his teammates even though the Gunners couldn’t manage to find the fourth goal.
The Czech midfielder was outstanding again, scoring Arsenal’s second, and providing constant drive and energy. With 45 minutes to find a goal that would bring the game to extra-time, Arsenal found it impossible to break down a Milan side much improved from the first half, even if Robin van Persie’s 59th miss will be a talking point.
“We’re very disappointed,” he said.
Sometimes miracles happen and you could see we came very close today. We knew that we had nothing to lose so we just said to each other: ‘Let’s go for it, let’s give our best and we’ll see what happens.’
“When I scored I felt we could score two more because we got an early one which definitely gave us a boost to start with. When we scored another one I really thought we would make it.”
“We said [at half-time] to keep playing the same way,” added the 31-year-old. “You could see in the second half there was a drop because we had given so much in the first half but all the same we had a chance to score the fourth one.
“It’s difficult, though; you can’t blame anyone after tonight’s performance. I’m very proud of my team and what we produced today. We’ve beaten AC Milan 3-0 and we’re going home disappointed. It’s a bit funny. But we blew it in Milan.”
He looked more distraught than anyone at the final whistle but it’s good to hear he’s taking the positives from what was, despite our exit, a restorative night for us in Europe.