‘Naive, average, frustrating, no excuse’

Date published: Wednesday 24th February 2016 9:06

Arsene Wenger was not exactly delighted with his players after Arsenal lost to Barcelona in the Champions League.

The Gunners kept the European champions at bay until the 71st minute, but eventually succumbed to a 2-0 defeat at the Emirates Stadium.

A devastating counter attack between the Barcelona front three of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar saw Messi through on goal, converting past Petr Cech to break the deadlock.

Messi then added a second in the 83rd minute after being fouled by substitute Mathieu Flamini in the box, and the Argentine converted to double his side’s lead.

After a disciplined first half performance, Wenger saw his side to concede two late goals to put them on the verge of Champions League exit, having to visit the Camp Nou with a two goal deficit.

Speaking after the game, the Frenchman slammed his players performance, claiming his side were “very average”.

“Barcelona is a great team,” said Wenger. “We put a lot of energy in the game and technically we were very average.

“We were naive. The regret I had was that once we looked like we dominate the game, we give the goal away. It was similar to Monaco last season – naive, and that is frustrating. We just gave it away.

“I feel we are extremely guilty and we have no excuse for that goal. We knew that if we have to keep a 0-0, we keep a 0-0. They are better than us. I believe everybody knows that. We could have won the game if we had kept the discipline until the end. And, once again, like against Monaco, exactly the same. We were caught in exactly the same way. We had two or three opportunities to stop the first goal, which we didn’t do.”

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