Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has urged supporters to stick together after being knocked out of the FA Cup in the quarter final by Watford on Sunday, according to reports from the Daily Mail.
The Gunners were hoping to win their third FA Cup in succession this season, but goals from Odion Ighalo and Adlene Guedioura saw the Hornets send the defending champions crashing out of the competition.
Danny Welbeck scored a late consolation, but it was too little too late for Wenger and his men.
And the result has mounted the pressure on the 66-year-old, who despite being the most successful manager in the club’s history, has become the scapegoat for their recent underachievement.
However, the Frenchman has asked fans to support the team and players, insisting that they didn’t deserve to get beaten on the night.
He said: “Our long, long run in the FA Cup comes to an end and it is in a very sad way because I did not think we deserved to lose this game.
“We have to look at ourselves maybe on the first goal. The second goal was a fantastic shot and I felt it was a real cup game.
“We do not make enough of our possession in the final third. Watford is a team who is good on the break and they depend on Ighalo and (Troy) Deeney. The defence kept with them and overall we did not give many chances away.
“You can’t guarantee that you win the cup and today we were in the quarter-finals and we gave our lot to win.
“Let’s focus on the next game, it’s important we stick together and do our best in Barcelona”
Arsenal now have the tough task of travelling to the Nou Camp on Wednesday in an attempt to overturn a 2-0 deficit against reigning European champions Barcelona.