Arsenal 1 Aston Villa 3: We need to look at ourselves, admits Wilshere

Arsenal 1 Aston Villa 3: Jack Wilshere admits Gunners need to "look at themselves" after they were condemned to defeat

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Jack Wilshere admitted Arsenal need to “look at themselves” after the Gunners were condemned to defeat by Aston Villa in their Premier League opener.

Olivier Giroud put the home side ahead early on but Christian Benteke headed in an equaliser after his penalty was saved, before adding a second to make it 2-1 after the break from the penalty spot.

Arsenal were reduced to 10 men when Laurent Koscielny was sent off for a second bookable offence, and Villa debutant Antonio Luna then added a third to cap a miserable opening day for the Gunners.

“We’re not happy, we’ve got to look at ourselves,” Wilshere told BBC Sport.

“We’ve got a big qualifier coming up in the Champions League [against Fenerbahce]. There can be no mistakes now – we’ve got to push on. We’ve got to pick ourselves up and go again.

“We felt good going in, confident and started well. But we dropped our level. We tried to pick it up again but they got the penalty.”

Asked for his reaction at seeing many fans leave early and then hearing boos at the final whistle from the few who remained, Wilshere added: “It is understandable, they pay their money to watch us and we need to put in better performances and win games. My message to them is to stick with us – it’s a long season.”

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