Defender claims Arsenal deserved nothing following Barcelona loss

Arsenal star Per Mertesacker has claimed that his side didn’t deserve anything after their round-of-sixteen Champions League clash against Barcelona on Tuesday, Mirror reports.

The first leg was held at the Emirates and the Gunners knew they needed a positive result to have any chance in the second leg, but Arsene Wenger’s men conceded two Lionel Messi goals in the last 20 minutes to almost end their hopes of reaching the quarter-finals.

It could have been quite different though, with Arsenal having an early chance through Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, but the England international could only fire his shot straight at Marc-Andre ter Stegen just a few yards from goal.

Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud also missed a few opportunities, and Mertesacker claimed that their poor finishing is why the Gunners did not deserve anything from the game.

“We had to score at one point here and that’s why we do not deserve anything,” he said on BT Sport. “You will never keep them quiet for 90 minutes.

“We took more risks and then they scored. We had enough chances to score at least one. We have to concentrate on the Premier League now.

“In one month we face Barcelona again and we still have a chance. We never give up.”

Wenger will now try to shift their focus to the Premier League, with their next game against rivals Manchester United on Sunday.

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