Jack Wilshere, the once midfield prodigy of the Gunners felt that Arsenal were guilty of underestimating Ostersunds and at a point it seemed that they would have an embarrassing exit from the UFEA Europa League.
Despite his side qualifying for the last 16, the 26 year old midfielder acknowledged that their team were ‘nowhere near it’ on Thursday. Arsenal took a 3-o lead over their opponents after the first leg in Sweden and looked comfortable to qualify for the next round.
However, Ostersunds scored twice in the space of 70 seconds in the first half to balance the tie on Thursday. But Sead Kolasinac, the Bosnian scored just after the restart to put an end to the visitor’s hopes of any probable comeback.
“We’re through and that’s all that counts, so we will see who we get in the draw. We have a big game to come on Sunday too, so we can focus on that.
“But when you’re 3-0 up in a two-legged tie you still have to go again — it was only half-time. Maybe we underestimated them a little bit, but the main thing is we’re through.”
We were nowhere near it, especially in the first half,” the England international told BT Sport. Wilshere is aware that they were below par ahead of Sunday’s Carabao Cup final with Manchester City.
“We weren’t good enough. To be honest, we did improve in the second half but it still wasn’t good enough.
Although losing on the night couldn’t stopped Arsenal to qualify as they prevailed over the Swedish side with a 4-2 victory on the aggregate. The draw of the next round is scheduled to take place later tonight.
On the other hand, Roy Keane, the former Manchester United star has directly criticized Arsenal taking a dig at both Arsene Wenger and “overrated” Wilshere.