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.

Last Updated: 23/10/13 at 08:36 Post Comment

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

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."

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

W

riting a minute by minute account on Berbatov would be like chronicling the days of the guy punished for sloth in the movie Se7en. Day 4 - lay in bed, did nothing - 15th minute, stood there did nothing .

lustral
Taking A Close Look At Mario...

W

hen players in their 30s leave Real Madrid, it's usually to Bolton Wanderers. I miss those days.

sailingmagpie
Top Ten CL Players Whetting Our Appetite

W

ow Pete, you would make an excellent stalker!

fouloleron
Taking A Close Look At Mario...

Footer 365

Kagawa: My heart stayed in Dortmund

Shinji Kagawa admits life at Manchester United was "particularly difficult", but the playmaker says his heart was always at Borussia Dortmund.

Championship news: Cardiff boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer set to leave club

Cardiff boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer appears set to leave the club following talks over his future, Sky sources understand.

Championship: Alex Tettey has signed a new two-year deal with Norwich City

Alex Tettey has signed a new two-year deal with Norwich City, with the option to extend for a further year.

Mail Box

I've Given It Some Thought: He's Got To Go

There is some more considered reaction to Arsenal and Liverpool's results, plus a big get well soon message for Jonas Gutierrez. And an apology to Merse...

B**locks To That, I'm Going To Sit In The Shed

Arsenal supporters given their understandable reaction to the debacle in Dortmund, whilst Liverpool fans weren't too impressed either. Still, at least they won...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property