Alfred laments missed chances

by Kate Smith

Midfielder disappointed not to take a point.

Sunderland midfielder Alfred N’Diaye admitted he and his team mates were left frustrated as they were unable to rescue a point against Arsenal in a highly entertaining game at the Stadium of Light. 

The team worked very hard and we are disappointed to have lost.

- Alfred N'Diaye

The Frenchman conceded: “I think we played very well. It was a tough game, the team worked very hard and we are disappointed to have lost, but that’s life.”

A frenetic start to the game saw Theo Walcott go close to opening the scoring on a number of occasions for the visitors.

The Gunners eventually took the lead in the 35th minute when Walcott turned creator to set-up Santi Cazorla as he drilled a low-ball past Simon Mignolet.

After the half time break Sunderland came back revitalised and took the game to Arsenal, however Martin O’Neill’s men were unable to capitalise on the myriad of chances that fell to them.

N’Diaye added: “I think if we could have made it 1-1 and got the draw it would have been deserved, but it wasn’t to be.

“Arsenal are a very good team. They kept the ball well in the first half and we had to do a lot of running and fighting for the ball,” he continued.

“Then in the second half, we were much better.

“In the final 20 minutes we had lots of chances to score and it was disappointing not to get a goal.

“[Wojciech] Szczesny is a very good goalkeeper. He made some great saves.

“I’d like to think if we play the way we did today in our next game, we’ll have a little bit more luck and get the win.”