Arsenal FC manager slams “suicidal defending” after Champions League defeat

Monaco leave Emirates with a 3-1 victory and the Gunners are surely out of the Champions League

Arsenal FC manager slams “suicidal defending” after Champions League defeat

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February 26th, 2015

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Nobody predicted that Monaco would score three goals on Wednesday night, with the French side expected to be defensive for the first leg of their Champions League clash against Arsenal.

However, Dimitar Berbatov inspired the team to a 3-1 win against an Arsenal side who were undone by defensive errors, with Arsene Wenger at a loss to explain the mistakes which means they are surely heading out of the competition.

The Gunners will need to score three times in their second leg match to stand any chance of reaching the last eight of the Champions League, with Wenger pointing the finger at some hapless defensive moments which has cost his team dearly.

“It looks, when you have not that kind of sharpness, anything is possible,” the Arsenal manager said. “We were not at the level defensively. We were a bit unlucky as well because the first goal was deflected. But on the second and third goals, we were suicidal.

“We had the luck to come back to 2-1 and you do not have the right to give a goal away the way we did. That makes our task in the second leg extremely difficult. It looks like we have lost our nerves and our rationality on the pitch. The heart took over the head and, at this level, it doesn’t work. Mentally we were not ready, not sharp enough to get into this game. We paid for it.”

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