Johan Djourou: We were punished for the many chances we didn’t take
Written by Renzo on September 18, 2011 22:00
Arsenal defender Johan Djourou believes the Gunners should have taken their chances in the 4-3 defeat against Blackburn Rovers, on Saturday.
Speaking to Arsenal Player, the Switzerland International explained that the Gunners had opportunities to close the game in the first half but having failed to do so they gifted Steve Kean’s men the opportunity to bounce back and punish them in the second half, which is just what they did in the second part of the game in which they found the back of the net for three times.
Asked what comes next for Arsenal, the centre back declared that what is now important is to bounce back on Tuesday night when the Gunners host Shrewsbury Town in the Carling Cup at the Emirates Stadium.
Djourou – who was used in an uncharacteristic right-back position after replacing Bacary Sagna at Ewood Park – concluded by saying that despite the negative start in the English Premier League the team has a lot of potential as they just need to work harder to be the best.
On the 4-3 defeat, the 24-year old said:
We had many chances to put the game to bed in the first half and, when you don’t do that, you are always in danger of getting punished. I think that is what happened on Saturday.
If you see the goals that we conceded as well, two own goals, you would think we could have avoided that but it’s just the way of being punished when you don’t finish your chances.
When you lose, it is always important to have a response. Even if it is at home in the Carling Cup, we want to win so we need a big response on Tuesday.
We have to bounce back because we have another game and we have to be ready for those. We are disappointed but there is still a long way to go and things are not over yet.
The team is building together and we are getting stronger together. We could have won the game but this team has got a lot of potential and we have to work hard to be the best.