If he'd scored the outcome may have been different, says Wilshere

Jack Wilshere

Midfielder believes if Danny Welbeck had scored in the dying stages against Dortmund the outcome of the match may have been different for Arsenal.

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere says that if Danny Welbeck had scored his chance in the closing stages against Borussia Dortmund then the game may have worked out differently. 

The Gunners were dominated for large parts of their first Champions League match of the season and ended up losing 2-0 to their German opponents, but Wilshere feels things may have been different if Welbeck was able to tuck away his chance.

The new Arsenal man created a rare opportunity for himself with a lovely turn in the closing stages of the match, but blazed his shot, from 12-yards-out, over the bar and it was a miss which Wilshere clearly feels was costly. 

"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," Wilshere said to the Daily Mail. 

The opportunity that presented itself to Welbeck was the exact sort of chance which he was brought in to take.

The deadline day purchase from Manchester United is expected to lead the line at the Emirates Stadium and he will have to become more ruthless if he is to be a success.

Against top quality sides, there is no room for error and Welbeck's miss was one that Arsenal could ill afford. 

If there is a criticism of the 23-year-old's game it is about his finishing ability, and he will have to show more composure in-front of goal from now on if he is to prove his critics wrong.

That said, even though the chance was a disappointment, it certainly wasn't the major reason for Arsenal losing the match. 

Arsene Wenger's side were thoroughly outplayed and if Dortmund had been more clinical the Gunners would have been one the end of a much heavier defeat. 

Their defence was exposed against the pace of BVB's attack and it highlighted the deficiencies that have plagued Arsenal for some time now. 

The Gunners are under pressure to perform this season after Wenger strengthened in the summer, but their performances haven't lived up to expectations and Wilshere admitted that they needed to improve after the match. 

"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," he said. 

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