Arsene Wenger praises Arsenal spirit after Euro exit
The Gunners faced a mammoth task heading into the second-leg of their last-16 tie at the Allianz Arena, having lost the home encounter 3-1.
But, goals from Olivier Giroud and Laurent Koscielny almost saw the Londoners pull off one of the most memorable comebacks in the tournament’s history.
The two strikes were not enough though, sending Arsenal out of European competition.
Wenger was far from upset with his side after the final whistle, focusing on what was an excellent result on the night:
“We were very, very close tonight,” he told Sky Sports.
“Maybe a few times we were lucky as well, but we had the chance of Gervinho, and there were maybe one or two set-pieces we could have done better.
“But the spirit and the performance was there, and overall we had a great go.”
But, the Frenchman went on to reveal his disappointment at Arsenal’s first-leg performance, stating that the three goals conceded made the task too difficult in Germany:
“The regret we have tonight is from the first game. We conceded a very bad goal in the last 15 minutes. If we had lost 2-1 at home, you can see how important that goal is tonight.”
Arsenal’s hopes of making it into next year’s Champions League look bleak, with the club currently outside of the top four.
But, Wenger believes that his side will do all they can to be back in competition in 2013/14:
“I’m confident that we will give absolutely everything to be back next season.”