Wenger, “I need to take some distance from this season”
Written by Jeffrey on May 6, 2009 7:15
Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger was bitterly disappointed after his side’s Champions League as he analysed the game and the future of his Arsenal side.
It is the most disappointing night of my career. I felt the fans were really up for a big night and to disappoint people who stand behind the team so much hurts. The most difficult thing is that we do not have a feeling that we played a semi-final of the Champions League.
We were out of it after 10 minutes and we had 80 minutes to play against a team who defend well and wait to counter-attack. We were in a position where we had to take all the gamble after having started quite well.
I must say we can only look at ourselves. It is very disappointing to fight to get such a long way and to give the game away like we did. We do not want to blame anyone individually. In three minutes we conceded two goals and it was too much.
We were ready for a fight and the game but after 10 minutes it was impossible. We kept going and we did as much as we could. We played with pride and desire but of course some part of the belief had gone.
Manchester United over the two games deserved to go through. It could have been over after the first game. We had a good opportunity to come back but overall they were the better side.
I need to take some distance from this season. We are on a consistent run of 21 league games unbeaten but recently in games where it mattered like Chelsea and Manchester United we couldn’t win and that, of course, needs thinking about.
It’s easy to say we maybe need a bit of experience. I’m convinced that we have the quality and we will continue to develop. If you look at the average age of the team it is still very young and to reach the level we have deserves a lot of credit.
But we were caught by a team that has an art to kill and take advantage of every mistake you make. I believe Ronaldo gave us a tough time.