Jack Wilshere says Arsenal knew West Ham United would try and frustrate them by sitting back and admits the Gunners should have been brighter in the final third as they had to settle for a 0-0 draw.
Here’s what the midfielder, making his first Premier League start of the season, had to say about the game and his own performance when he faced the BT Sport cameras.
On the performance and result…
“Yeah, we knew it would be tough. We felt we were in control, apart from that [Hernandez effort] which probably came from our mistake at the back at the end. Apart from that, we were in control for the whole of the game.
“It’s a difficult place to come, especially when they sit behind the ball and make it difficult for you to break down. We knew that’s what they wanted to do, we saw their game against Chelsea, we knew that’s what they wanted to do. We felt we dealt with it well, we could have been a little bit brighter in the final third and created a few more opportunities. But, overall, we’re disappointed.
On his first Premier League start of the season and first for Arsenal in 18 months…
First Premier League start for Arsenal, it’s not been that long since I’ve been at Bournemouth. I felt good, I’ve played a few games this year, not the Premier League but in the Europa League and the Carabao Cup. I’m fit and I was happy to get the opportunity tonight. I thought I done alright. There’s a little bit more to come but I’m happy with my performance.
On his second half chance to score…
Yeah, I haven’t watched it back. It happened really quick and it was obviously on my weaker right foot. I should hit the target but it sat up a little bit.
I should hit the target.