Jack Wilshere talks up Arsenal’s ‘fantastic attitude’
Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere talks up the Gunners's "fantastic attitude" after 2-2 draw with Manchester City
Jack Wilshere has praised Arsenal’s “fantastic attitude” after their 2-2 draw with Manchester City on Saturday.
The Gunners fell behind at The Emirates after Sergio Aguero’s first-half strike before Wilshere and Alexis Sanchez put the home side into the lead with 16 minutes remaining.
We’re not accepting it, we’re not just letting them play when we lose the ball, we want to win it back
However, City centre-half Martin Demichelis equalised with seven minutes remaining in north London, meaning the Gunners have drawn their last three Premier League games.
But Wilshere took heart from Arsenal’s response to Aguero’s goal after the Gunners were on the receiving end of a number of routs at the hands of their rivals last season.
“Towards the end of last season when it looked like we weren’t going to get in the top four we said, ‘listen, this is not good enough’,” Wilshere told Arsenal’s website.
“But since the last seven or eight games of last season to now we’ve had a fantastic attitude. Everyone in training is buying into the defensive side of the game – we want to improve that, winning the ball back high up. Our quality is on show.”
Wilshere added: “We started the game fantastically and we had chances. We should have put one of them in and, against a top team like that and a top player like Aguero, all he needs is one chance and he’ll score.
“When we went in at half-time it was a bit like the Everton game – we said keep going, keep going, we’ll get one goal and we did. Once we were 2-1 up we should’ve won it. We should’ve been smarter, but at the same time we showed great character to come back.
“We had it [determination] last season but this season we’re forcing it a bit. We’re not accepting it, we’re not just letting them play when we lose the ball, we want to win it back.”