Arsene Wenger gives up on Arsenalís Champions League berth
Arsenal will bite the dust once again this season. Arsene Wenger is already looking towards the next season as he suggests Arsenal will have to reunite and improve in order to capture a Champions League berth.
A 3-1 home defeat at the hands of Bayern Munich has made the Emirates boss realize that Arsenal is no cut out for the Champions League. Constant failures and a seven-year long silverware drought has been haunting Arsene Wenger since the beginning of this season.
In an interview after the Champions League loss to Bayern Munich, the Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger confessed that hopes of qualifying for the quarterfinals were hanging by a very thin thread.
Arsenal, who won their last trophy in the form of an FA Cup in 2005, are set for a Champions League exit in the near future. The Gunners are already out of both English domestic cups and are 21 points the Premier League leaders Manchester United.
“Look, we'll have two battles but maybe the easier battle will be to be back in the Champions League,” Arsene Wenger told media after Arsenal’s defeat.
The Frenchman asked his side to give all they’ve got in the second leg against Bayern Munich, but admitted that progressing to next round of the Champions League will “be extremely difficult against a team of that quality”.
Arsene Wenger believes his men were “a bit nervous” in the defense. In spite of a weak performance from his defense, Arsene Wenger confirmed he had no intentions of bolstering his squad in the summer transfer window.
“Is that an information [fact] or an opinion?! I just think that our defenders are quality, and the transfer market is closed,” Arsene Wenger continued. “That's an information. Bayern is a quality side who can beat anybody in Europe. On top of that, we lack a bit of confidence at the moment. That makes them even better.”
“The quality of my players is there, but they're not getting their rewards. We're not being rewarded for our efforts. I still have confidence in my players and in my team but, on tonight's evidence, there's clearly work to be done.”
Upon being questioned about Arsenal’s biggest problem and how it could be solved, Arsene Wenger informed Arsenal needed to play with calm nerves and regain confidence. However, the old Arsenal gaffer wasn’t sure when Arsenal would stride back into form.
“That's a very difficult question to answer at the moment. The results bring that. It's a bit of a vicious circle.”