Arsenal threw away their chance to win their Champions League Group with two games to go in the Ukraine last night. Despite taking the lead through Theo Walcott after just nine minutes, the Gunners contrived to allow Shakhtar back into the game through a Craig Eastmanod own goal, and then the old Arsenal hero Eduardo broke his old club’s hear with the second just before half-time.
Wenger said afte the game: “Congratulations to Donetsk, they played well and won the game. We had a good start but after we lost our urgency and let Donetsk come into the game too much. We lost concentration in the duels and you could see what was coming towards half time.”
“I felt we moved out of the game altogether and moved into the game altogether so it was more of a team problem, a kind of complacency problem more than an individual problem. In the second half we came back into the game and gave a lot so you can’t fault the team. We were a bit unlucky. We have learnt the lesson that at this level you can’t lose focus at any moment and that is why we were punished.”
Now Shakhtar are level on nine points with Arsenal, and fighting to top the Group, and Wenger can’t afford the luxury of playing reserves in his last two matches.
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