Wilshere wants Arsenal to echo clinical Chelsea

Jack Wilshere believes Arsenal need to be as clinical in front of goal as Chelsea if they are to challenge in the manner of the Premier League leaders, Sky Sports has reported.

Chelsea dispatched the Gunners 2-0 at Stamford Bridge on Sunday through an Eden Hazard penalty and a Diego Costa goal, with Wilshere missing one of the visitors’ better chances. The England international believes Arsenal were competitive enough in the game to feel they could have taken something from it, but let themselves down by not making the most of their opportunities.

“At times we controlled the game and that is the difference, at this level when you are playing against a top-class team, when you are on top you have to really make it count,” Wilshere said.

“We created a few half chances, but we never really made it count,” he continued. “You didn’t really see Cesc Fabregas or Diego Costa all game and then, all of a sudden, a 50-yard ball from Cesc put it on Costa’s foot and it is a great finish, and the game is over.

“We have played well, but at this level, against the top three in this league, when you are on top you need to make the opportunities count and if you don’t, then you are going to get punished.”

The result has left Arsenal in eighth place going into the international break, with 10 points from their first seven league games. Arsene Wenger’s side are nine points adrift of table-topping Chelsea, who have yet to be beaten in the 2014-15 campaign.

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