When Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain curled past Silvio Proto in the 58th minute to make it 3-0, no one thought the game would end in a stalemate. At least I didn’t. Captain Mikel Arteta could not hide his disappointment while speaking to the media after the Champions League clash.
Arteta – who opened the scoring from the spot midway through the first half – was taken off after suffering a hamstring in the second half. Arsene Wenger confirmed that the skipper will miss the Premier League game against Swansea on Sunday, although he still remains unsure of how long he will be out.
“I don’t know. We cannot afford to make that many mistakes and to concede three goals after we went 3-0 up. It’s just not good enough,” said the midfielder. “I’m very disappointed – we missed a great opportunity to finish the job today. It’s not good.”
Arteta was quite modest at the press conference stating that they thoroughly need to analyse the mistakes they made in the second half, admitting they were not at the level required for a club like Arsenal.
The captain still appeared to be in disbelief as he bemoaned their performance:
“We’ve thrown everything away today. We have another two chances still, but you can’t miss your chances in the Champions League, because every team has qualities and you can see what happened today.”
Arsenal are now second place in group D with 7 points behind leaders Borussia Dortmund with 12 points.
We just had to learn it the hard way didn’t we? Not a convincing performance at all especially in the second half. But all is not yet gone, we still have a chance to right our wrongs in the two remaining games.