Arsene demonstrates the gaps in the Gunners defence when Barca opened scoring
Arsene demonstrates the gaps in the Gunners defence when Barca opened scoring!

Arsene Wenger was back on very familiar territory tonight. Having to explain an Arsenal home defeat in the first leg of a Champions League last 16 tie.

It’s the fourth successive year that it has happened, and Arsenal’s 2-0 defeat to Barcelona means they face elimination at this stage of the competition for a sixth successive year.

Lionel Messi’s double means that the Gunners will require a miracle to progress to the last eight.

Speaking after the match Arsene Wenger said.

“We were disciplined defensively but we knew that if we had to keep it at 0-0, we would keep it at 0-0. They are better than us, everybody knows that, but I think we could’ve won the game tonight if we kept the discipline until the end. Once again, like against Monaco, exactly the same thing happened. We were caught in exactly the same way.

Of course I’m disappointed because we put a lot of energy into this game. I felt that we lost at the moment that we looked more capable of winning the game, and we also lost it in a way which we could not afford to give them. It’s a bit disappointing to give them the goals that we did, especially the first goal. I feel that we were extremely guilty and have no excuses for that goal.

Barcelona are certainly through, 95 per cent, but we want to go there and play. We are Arsenal Football Club and we will not go there to just have no chance. What we want is to focus on our next game. It’s a shame that the players have not got any satisfaction tonight because energy-wise we put absolutely everything in.”