Arsene Wenger laments Arsenal's complacency
Arsene Wenger felt Arsenal suffered from a touch of complacency after they failed to hold onto the early lead given to them by Theo Walcott as Shakhtar Donetsk fought back to win tonight's Champions League Group H clash at the Donbass Arena and delay the Gunners' passage into the last 16.
England forward Walcott had slotted in a fine breakaway goal after 10 minutes for the injury-hit Barclays Premier League side, who were without captain Cesc Fabregas.
However, Shakhtar - thrashed 5-1 at the Emirates Stadium a fortnight ago - responded well and were eventually rewarded when 19-year-old Craig Eastmond, making his European debut, diverted Dmytro Chygrynskiy's header into his own net.
Eduardo - who scored a late consolation goal in north London - slotted home from close range on the stroke of half-time, which proved enough to force his old club to wait for qualification to the knockout stages as Arsenal failed to take the chances which came their way in the second half.
Wenger had warned his team not to expect another European romp against a side which boasted an impressive home record and had lost just two of the last 30 games in all competitions.
"Congratulations to Donetsk, they played well and won the game. We had a good start, but after that we lost our urgency and let Donetsk come into the game too much," the Arsenal manager said.
"We lost concentration in the duels and you could see what was coming towards half-time.
"I felt we moved out of the game altogether and moved into the game altogether, so it was more of a team problem, a kind of complacency problem more than an individual problem.
"In the second half we came back into the game and gave a lot, you cannot fault the team, and we were a bit unlucky.
"We have learned the lesson that at this level you cannot lose focus at any moment and that is why we were punished.
"But we are still in a strong position in the group."
Wenger challenged his side to maintain their battles on all fronts.
"At the moment we are not in a position where we can choose - we have to fight," the Arsenal manager said.
"We have a difficult league game on Sunday against Newcastle.
"We will win what we can and not choose too much."
Wenger, meanwhile, admitted he was shocked to hear injured striker Robin van Persie had been called up into the Holland squad.
"He has not played with us or practised with the group at the moment, so I am quite surprised he is in the national team," Wenger said.
Shakhtar coach Mircea Lucescu had been critical of the referee from the last meeting at the Emirates Stadium, a subject he again brought up following this evening's victory.
However, the Romanian coach was pleased with his side's efforts.
"It was a good match and an important win for me. I have been waiting for it a long time," he said.
"I should say again that the refereeing in London was not correct.
"We should have stopped Walcott, but did not. However, I liked the reaction of my team, they played at a good level.
"Arsenal are a really good team, and we had to earn the points.
"The overall situation in the group did not clear up. Now we will just play the next games and try to earn more points."