Two Arsenal players have taken to social media to apologise for their abject performance in Sunday’s 2-1 defeat at Brighton & Hove Albion.
Although the scoreline, on the face of it, looked some bit respectable, the Gunners’ showing at the Amex was criticised by most as one of the worst of their season, if not in recent memory under Arsene Wenger.
The run of defeats now stands at four in a row, and with Arsenal supporters demanding that heads roll, the players have attempted a bit of damage limitation.
Goalkeeper Petr Cech put his hands up and took responsibility for the conceding of Brighton’s two goals, both of which he will have felt very disappointed in himself not to have kept out.
If you want to win a game away of home in the best league in the world your GK can’t concede 2 goals like I did today … it’s simply not possible … The team fought back but the damage was done .
— Petr Cech (@PetrCech) March 4, 2018
Midfielder Jack Wilshere also offered an apology to fans, but called on them to stick with the team during this wretched period of their season. There was, thankfully, no repeat of last week when the England international took aim at the referee for Man City’s goals in their 3-0 Carabao Cup result.
I’m sorry to the gooners out there. You deserve better. Thats all i have to say. I know its difficult at the moment in this difficult period we are going through as a team but we need you. We will do better but please stick with us ❤ pic.twitter.com/UTsCdXkQmB
— Jack Wilshere (@JackWilshere) March 5, 2018
With 15 points now separating themselves from the top four with nine games to go, winning the Europa League would appear to be Arsenal’s best bet of returning to the Champions League next season. Against an in-form AC Milan side in the last sixteen, however, that will be much easier said than done.