Arsenal FC captain Thierry Henry was at a loss to explain how his side had failed to defeat PFC CSKA Moskva after creating a host of chances during an impressive, but ultimately fruitless, UEFA Champions League performance last night.
The 2006 runners-up had 21 shots during a one-sided Group G game at the Arsenal Stadium but were unable to find a way past CSKA goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev, whose side remain one point clear of Arsenal at the top of the section after the goalless draw in London. "We were looking at each other and wondering how we didn't win," Henry said. "We had enough opportunities to win that game and at one point the CSKA centre-back said to me, 'There's only one team on the pitch'. Sometimes that's not enough, though, and at the end we nearly lost the game.
'Attitude and commitment'
"We were high up the pitch, putting pressure on them right from the start," Henry went on. "We had the right attitude and commitment and played well but didn't win. We have won games in my time when I don't know how we won it and today I don't know how we didn't win it. It was frustrating because the result wasn't there but we're still in a good position to qualify."
Henry himself was guilty of missing a number of chances during a breathtaking first-half display although confirmation it was CSKA's night came shortly before half-time when Tomáš Rosický hit the ball softly into Akinfeev's arms from one metre out with the goal gaping. "We had the right aggression and attitude, we played good football and created chances once again but we didn't put the ball in the back of the net," Henry acknowledged.
"How the ball from Tomáš didn't go in, I'm still asking myself. It's about the result but you can't go into the dressing room feeling too down about it because nine times out of ten the chance for Tomáš would have gone in. That's the way it is. We can't be too down because I think we played a tremendous game."
All to play for
With just one point separating leaders CSKA from Arsenal and FC Porto, the London side have a fight on their hands as they look ahead to their final games against Hamburger SV and Porto. "Porto won away so now it is a contest between those three teams," Henry said. "They have to go to Moscow and we have to go to their ground so we'll see how it's going to be. First we must just make sure we beat Hamburg."
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