Date: 24th February 2016 at 5:39pm
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Arsenal had a number of good chances to take the lead against Barcelona last night, one of those chances, whilst far from easy, fell to Olivier Giroud.

Giroud rose well and got a good connection only to see his effort thwarted by Barca keeper, Ter Stegen.

Finishing has become a bit of a problem of late there have been a few too many occasions where Arsenal`s column reads “0” and Giroud says the team is very disappointed to draw a blank yet again and will ultimately be our down fall in this season`s CL.

He said “I had a duel with the defender and I think that I headed the ball well but the keeper did very well.

“We were not cautious enough of their counter-attack [afterwards], which is a model counter-attack, and then they finished it well. We couldn`t score in the first half after we played well on the counter-attack and were dangerous.

“We couldn`t finish our hard work and it`s disappointing because at the end of the day we`re 2-0 down and our chances of qualifying are very small. There`s a lot of disappointment.

“I said before the game that we needed to be cautious if we could not win the game and not concede goals to keep our chances high for the second leg. In Barcelona it is very, very difficult to win, so we can have regrets after [the first leg] because we didn`t finish our counter-attacks.”

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