Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed his frustrations after his side’s 1-1 draw in the hands of ten-man Atletico Madrid.
The Spanish giants have gone down to ten men earlier, as right-back, Sime Vrsaljko was dismissed after a second yellow card just in ten minutes of the game.
Wenger, who recently announced his departure at the end of the season, has seemingly handed his last chance of lifting European trophy to Diego Simeone’s side.
“Of course this leaves us with a bitter taste because we had the chance to be in the final tonight and the whole thing went wrong in the end,” Wenger said.
“At 1-0 up it was the perfect result at home and our only task was not to be caught on the long ball.”
“The only chance for Atletico to score would be with a long ball. It was down to us not to make a mistake and we have only ourselves to look at for their goal.”
“I feel like we produced the performance we wanted but the result was not in line with the way we played.”
“But it’s a story we have seen before. Against Manchester United, we had 33 shots and lost. Tonight we had 20 shots and only drew.”
“We were not clinical enough and gave away an unfortunate goal that puts in a difficult position for the second leg next week.”
“We have created an anti-climax by giving the goal away. And the only advantage of this result is that we know exactly what we have to do in Madrid.”
“We have nothing to lose now, we have to go there and play to win.”
“This is the worst possible result for us and now we have to recover from the disappointment and recover for the next game.”
“We have to go there with absolute belief. It will be a special game and I am confident we can score.”
“We started well with good pace and desire, but once they went down to ten men it destroyed the flow of the game and that was not to our advantage.”
Arsene Wenger has called Arsenal’s draw with Atletico Madrid the “worst possible result”.
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Atletico have also played for 77 minutes without a head-coach as Diego Simeone was sent-off for abusing French referee Clement Turpin.