Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was just as disappointed as everyone else while speaking to the media during the post-match press briefing. The Ox was one of the goal scorers in the hotly contested match that saw six goals scored at the Emirates on a drizzly Tuesday night.
By the time the England international hit the inside of the side netting after making a fine run past Silvio Proto, the Gunners were sitting pretty on a three goal cushion. But that’s just it, they sat pretty for far too long and it cost them dearly.
Oxlade-Chamberlain admitted the mood in the dressing room was somber and the players were disappointed for being unable to secure all three points even after dominating until the last 20 minutes.
The 21-year old however emphasized that they need to gain back their concentration as they prepare to face Borussia Dortmund.
“We need to pick ourselves up so it’s a lesson learned and so that we make sure we don’t make the same mistakes again. We need to make sure we see the Dortmund game in a positive attitude and approach the game in the right way.”
The Ox also spoke about maintaining their focus till the final whistle, something that manager Arsene Wenger has highlighted numerously in recent times.
“But this is a hard lesson that we can’t be complacent and we have to go into those games with full focus for the 90 minutes and get the job done.”
Arsenal only needs a point from the remaining two games to qualify for the round of sixteen and Oxlade-Chamberlain believes they can do it:
“It is not going to be easy to get but I have faith in the team.”
So do I Ox, so do I.