Andrey Arshavin: I am the reason why we drew at Wigan
Written by Renzo on December 31, 2010 4:30
Arsenal midfielder Andrey Arshavin was bitterly disappointed for how things went for the Gunners at Wigan as he believes he is to be blamed for the draw.
Speaking on his official website, the Russian explained Arsenal deserved to go behind after a shaky start at the DW Stadium but were brave enough to bounce back and take the lead in the first half. The 29-year old added how the Gunners should have taken advantage after the home side were reduced to ten men but unfortunately failed to do so.
Asked about his spectacular acrobatic volley, the midfielder said it’s no use scoring a beautiful goal if at the end of the game it doesn’t help the team in getting all three points adding how what is important is the result and not who scores the goals.
The Russian concluded by confessing he is partly to blame for the draw as he believes he should have done better in the second half when presented with a golden opportunity to give the Gunners a two-goal cushion but his effort was easily saved by the goalkeeper.
After the game, Arshavin said:
The game started very unfortunately for us. That is why I think that the Wigan’s goal was logical. It’s good that after this goal we quickly came round and managed to score two goals.
It seemed pretty good to go on a break with such a score. And we had to keep that advantage, especially considering that we were in the majority in the second half. It’s disappointing that we didn’t manage to keep the result.
After our beautiful win over Chelsea, we had to win today, to strengthen our position. Our place in the standings obliged us to win. Now it’s time to think about Birmingham.
And what’s the point [of my nice goal]? It didn’t bring us victory. The goals are not important, or rather it doesn’t matter who scores them. The wins and the points are more important for the team.
It was not enough today. I think it’s my fault that we couldn’t win. If I had used the chance in the second half, everything would have been different. But, I took the ball and my strike was very easy for the goalkeeper to get. Had the situation turned out more fortunately for me, the score would have been 3-1. Then our opponent would have been unlikely to recoup. But now it’s only a draw.