Date: 8th March 2017 at 4:15pm
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Manager Arsene Wenger has tried to take the positives from last night’s thrashing by Bayern Munich in the Champions League second leg affair but the referee certainly got the sharp edge of his tongue as he summed up the game.

Losing the second leg by the first leg margin of five one, the game turned against us in the second half as Bayern got all the breaks to come back into the match and end all hopes of a fightback, and speaking to the Official Site in his post game press conference, a disappointed Wenger addressed the obvious questions.

Was it his most disappointing European night.

‘I don`t think so because we knew before the game that it would be difficult to qualify after the first leg. We wanted to at least go home and feel we dealt with the situation with pride and commitment. We did that. The fact that the end result will not highlight the quality of our performance is very disappointing.

Asked about whether he would manage the club in the Champions League again, and whether or not uncertainty about his future was now effecting the players.

‘I don`t know. You`re always worried about headlines. I`m here to speak about football, not about my future. Tonight there was no uncertainty in our game. I felt that we played very well and it was more the decisions of the referee which killed the game. It`s difficult because when it`s 1-1, you`re down to 10 men against Bayern and you have to score four goals, it`s irresponsible from the referee. We have to stand up and of course give all kinds of explanations but, at the end of the day, that is the reason for tonight`s result. That was not the case in the first game. We lost Koscielny in both games at the beginning of the second half.’

With our continuing record against Bayern, Wenger was asked why we cannot compete with them.

‘I think we can compete with Bayern Munich and we have shown that tonight in the first half. I believe the second half was a very difficult situation for us. Bayern are a good team and they do what they want in Germany, which we cannot do in England. Nobody can compete with them, they take the players they want and they are a bit lonely on the market. That`s not the case in England.’

Asked about what now needed to change at Arsenal.

‘What needs to change at this club? What do you mean by that? I think this club is in great shape but we`re just going through a very difficult situation at the moment. What needs to change is the result in the next game.’

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