Wilshere urges Arsenal to “bounce back” after 2-1 defeat to Dortmund
Jack Wilshere believes Arsenal will “bounce back” from the 2-1 defeat at home against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League group stage game on Tuesday. Jurgen Klopp’s side stunned Arsenal by handing them their first defeat in Europe this season.
Henrik Mkhitayan drew first blood in 16th minute to put Dortmund in the lead. A defensive error allowed Olivier Giroud to equalize before half-time, but Robert Lewandowski found the opportunity to score a late winner.
Wilshere admits Dortmund were the better side in the night, but the young English midfielder insists Arsenal will give the German football giants a tough time in their next encounter.
“(Dortmund) are a good team,” Wilshere told Sky Sports. “They came here and they showed that. They moved the ball around well, they are difficult to break down, but we had our chances - Santi (Cazorla) hit the bar and we had a few more.
“They hit us on the break and they nicked a goal, but it was a good goal and we'll bounce back.”
Defeat to Dortmund means Arsenal have handed over the top spot in Group F to Dortmund, but the German side only remains on top because of a better goal difference. Napoli’s victory over Marseille means the Italian side is in fierce competition with Arsenal for the second spot.
Both teams are equal at points, but Wilshere remains confident in Arsenal’s ability to finish on top of the group.
“Very tight, very interesting,” Wilshere said in reference to battles of Group F. “Napoli won tonight, which makes it even more interesting. We're all on six heading into the last three games, so it's all to play for and we know what we have to do now.”
Wilshere couldn’t end the game since he hurt his ankle. The center midfielder got replaced by Santi Cazorla later in the game. Wilshere believes he hasn’t picked up a big injury and will return to action soon enough.
“I'm alright. I just jarred my ankle,” the 21-year-old England international said. “I have done it before and it's painful for the first minutes or so, then you can run it off and I'm alright at the minute.”