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Wenger: We pushed too much

Arsene Wenger was left to rue a late lapse in concentration as Arsenal were undone on the counter against Borussia Dortmund.

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The Gunners had hauled themselves back into an eagerly-anticipated UEFA Champions League clash, with the scores locked at 1-1 as they pushed for a winner.

They were, however, to leave themselves open at the back and Dortmund swept forward eight minutes from time, allowing Kevin Grosskreutz to provide the delivery for Robert Lewandowski to volley home a dramatic clincher.

Wenger admitted afterwards that his side had become too adventurous and were left to pay the price.

He told Sky Sports: "It's difficult to take because I would agree that we were maybe not at our most fluent tonight going forward, but at that moment we were on top.

"We lost the game because we maybe wanted so much to win it that we forgot that if you cannot win it, don't lose it. That's what is most annoying because we put a lot of effort in.

"We started hesitant. At the end of the day, we went 1-0 down and when you don't start well it is difficult to get back into the game. But we did well and in the second half we were on top of it.

"We just forgot to be cautious. We were not cautious enough and we paid for it."

With Napoli seeing off Marseille 2-1 in Tuesday's other Group F fixture, there are now three sides sat on six points after three outings.

Asked what it will take for the Gunners to remain on course for the knockout stage, ahead of a return date in Dortmund on 6th November, Wenger added: "It will take three points away from home now."

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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

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