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Sunday, Dec 16, 2018

Wenger: We have only 5 per cent of qualifying to the next stage

Arsene Wenger admits Barcelona are 95 per cent likely to reach the Champions League quarter-finals after Arsenal’s 2-0 defeat on Tuesday.

Two second-half goals from Lionel Messi have left the Gunners on the brink of an early exit from the competition, and Wenger admits his side’s chances of an upset in the return leg at Camp Nou are slim.

“Barcelona are certainly through, 95 per cent, but we want to go there and play,” said the Arsenal manager.

“We are Arsenal Football Club and we will not go there to just have no chance.

“Our failure is that the chance was there to beat them, that is the biggest regret I have. Sometimes you can lose against a team and you can do nothing about it, but there was room to beat them.

“They are better than us, everybody knows that, but we could’ve won the game 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.

“We had two or three opportunities to stop the first goal which we didn’t do because I don’t think we had the right response to the situation that our players faced.

“We were impatient in the build-up, we lost balls that we usually don’t and that’s not because Barcelona forced us to do it, but just because we were not precise enough in our passing.

“We had an unbelievable chance in the first half. The way we finished our chances is a problem because I felt that we missed something in the final third.”

 

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