Arsene Wenger has reacted to tonight’s 4-0 defeat to Milan, labelling his team ‘shocking’ and castigating them for their mistakes.
We were never in the game,” he said. “We were very poor offensively and defensively. It was shocking to see how we were beaten everywhere. It was our worst performance in Europe by far.
“Not once in the 90 minutes were we in the game. You question everything on a night like that but it’s difficult to analyse and it’s better not to talk too much, analyse it with a cooler head and to regroup for the next game.”
The Arsenal manager has ruled out any chance of a comeback in the home leg, saying:
“We don’t live in a dream world. There is may be 2% or 5% chance statistically, but realistically we are out of this competition. We made mistake after mistake and we were punished.
“It is too big a deficit to turn over, we certainly will try, but it will be very difficult. We will give it our best and we certainly cannot be worse than we were tonight.
We left ourselves in a position where we had to chase the game from early on and we continued to lose the ball in positions where you cannot afford to lose it at this level and we left ourselves exposed. It was a big problem for us and we were slow to respond all evening.
“We will not talk too much tonight − we will take our punishment and get over this. The season isn’t finished.”
“We have a big game on Saturday to show character & spirit. We have to regroup, but there’s not a lot of time.”
A bad night was made worse by the loss of Laurent Koscielny with a knee injury, meaning Arsenal are just one centre-half mishap away from being utterly Squillacied.
Yes, you can thank me later.