Wenger Slams Arsenal's Suicidal Defending
Arsene Wenger Criticises His Team's Dismal Defending
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger slams his team’s defensive display, following their 3-1 loss at home in the Champions League round of 16 against Monaco.
The Frenchman, who was seen grunting on the touchline for most of the game, had kind words for his former club, but came down hard on his team’s defensive error.
"It was a horrible night but congratulations to Monaco. They fought, defended very well and caught us on the break,” he told Sky Sports.
"We had both aspects wrong. We had the chances we didn't take and we were suicidal defensively. We knew at half-time it was important to keep our nerve.”
"We are very guilty. At 2-1 how can we, with one minute to go, leave open the whole half?”
Arsene Wenger also touched on his side’s chances of progression ahead of their second leg, which will be at Monaco, saying they have hope, but understand it is an uphill battle.
"The task is massive now," he added.
"The third goal makes it even more difficult. We'll have a go of course and see what we can do there."
Arsenal have been knocked out the competition in the round of 16 in the last four years, and need to score at least three goals if they want to change that record.
Monaco, who only managed four goals in their six group stages games, will head in to the second tie with great confidence after their fine display.
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