Danny Welbeck lifts lid on ‘devastating’ derby loss for Arsenal

Danny Welbeck admits that Arsenal's 2-1 loss to local rivals Tottenham Hotspur has been difficult to swallow

Danny Welbeck admits that he and his Arsenal team-mates were “devastated” to lose Saturday’s north London derby to Tottenham.

The Gunners took the lead at White Hart Lane thanks to Mesut Ozil’s 11th-minute opener, but two second-half goals from man-of-the-match Harry Kane sent Arsene Wenger’s men crashing to a 2-1 defeat by their local rivals.

And striker Welbeck, who made his comeback from a thigh injury in the game and played 78 minutes of the derby clash, admitted that the mood in the Arsenal camp was very low after the loss.

As a team, going forward we didn’t do well

Danny Welbeck

“The boys are devastated to lose the game and it’s not nice for us to come here and lose the derby,” Welbeck told Arsenal’s website.

“It’s a massive game for the whole club, the fans and it’s something that we’re really disappointed about.

“We came here with good confidence and we thought that we could get the three points today. We went ahead, started well and then tailed off towards the end.

“As a team, going forward we didn’t do as well as we could have done and they took advantage of that.

“It was really disappointing and on a personal level it was difficult for me to get back in the swing of things after being out for a few weeks.”

England international Welbeck has scored seven goals and made two assists in all competitions for Arsenal since his transfer to the north London club from Manchester United last summer.

Arsenal’s next game is a home clash with Leicester City at Emirates Stadium on Tuesday night. The Gunners are currently sixth in the Premier League table and 14 points behind leaders Chelsea, with Spurs now fourth.

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