Tuesday 14 August 2018

Wilshere: We'll bounce back from Dortmund defeat

Jack Wilshere insists Arsenal will recover after being outclassed by Borussia Dortmund in a disturbing start to their Champions League group campaign.

Ciro Immobile and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang struck in a 2-0 victory for the Bundesliga club, but the winning margin should have been a landslide after the Gunners were overwhelmed at Signal Iduna Park.

It was clearly their toughest fixture in Group D but the dismal performance has raised concerns over their ability to make any meaningful impact in Europe this season.

Adding to the despondency is the ankle injury that forced Wilshere off in the closing stages.

Arsene Wenger played down the severity of the sprain, but a more informed assessment is expected ahead of Saturday's Premier League trip to Aston Villa.

"We'll bounce back. Our next Champions League game (against Galatasaray on October 1) is at home and hopefully we'll get the three points," Wilshere said.

"It's never nice to lose a game - we wanted to come here and win - but that was our first Champions League group game. We have got five more so we have an opportunity to try and get 15 points and that is what we'll try to do.

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"It hasn't quite clicked for us yet but we've got a lot of quality players and I'm sure it'll come right."

Dortmund ran amok in midfield, exposing club captain Mike Arteta's inability to shield the defence against bright opponents who think and act quickly. And the manager must hope striker Danny Welbeck begins hitting the target as soon as possible after his second outing for Arsenal was against notable for wasted opportunities.

"It was disappointing against Dortmund. They are a good team and we have got to be a bit smarter when we come to places like this," Wilshere said.

"We had a few chances and even at 2-0, Danny had a chance and if he had scored that maybe the last 10 minutes would have been a different game."

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