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Shellshocked Arsene Wenger insists Arsenal can compete with Bayern Munich – despite another 5-1 hammering to lose Champions League tie 10-2 on aggregate

PUBLISHED: 22:45 07 March 2017 | UPDATED: 22:45 07 March 2017

Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez after being substituted during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16, Second Leg match at the Emirates Stadium, London.

Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez after being substituted during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16, Second Leg match at the Emirates Stadium, London.

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A shellshocked Arsenal Wenger claimed his team can compete with Bayern Munich – moments after another 5-1 humiliation in the Champions League which saw them bundled out of Europe a staggering 10-2 on aggregate.

Wenger was asked why chief executive Ivan Gazidis insisted three years ago Arsenal could compete with the likes of Munich – when all the evidence after 180 minutes against the Bundesliga giants pointed to the contrary.

The long-serving Frenchman, under pressure like never before in his two decades at the club was defiant.

He answered: “We can compete with Bayern Munich.

“The referee killed the game. It was scandalous. We were denied a penalty when we were 1-0 up.

“Then he changed his mind and sent Koscielny off after awarding a penalty. It changed the game.

“After that it is an impossible situation when you are chasing the game.”

When asked if he would manage the North Londoners in the Champions League again after their exit tonight he was noncommittal answering: “I don’t know. I am interested in football not in headlines.

“I felt we played with spirit and pride.”

He was then asked what he thought had to change at Arsenal. He visibly bristled before saying: “What do you mean by that?

“We need to win the next game that is what needs to change”, before conceding, “We are in a difficult period but we must take it on the chin. I will take a lot of criticism but it doesn’t change my mind.”


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