Wenger: Bayern are a better team than us

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Arsene Wenger admits Arsenal need a miracle to stay in the Champions League after being outclassed by Bayern Munich 5-1 at the Allianz Arena.

The Frenchman looked dejected as he faced the BT Sport cameras acknowledging that Carlo Ancelotti’s side were the better team.

On a brutally punishing second half…

It’s difficult to explain. I felt that just before half time we had two good chances to make it 2-1. We were unlucky on the second goal because the referee [initially] gives a corner for us, there were two balls on the pitch and we had four players not there. On top of that in the second half we lost Koscielny [to injury] very quickly, he came off at 1-1, and suddenly it looked like we collapsed mentally. Overall, I must say, they are a better team than us. They played very well and we dropped our level. We were a bit unlucky as well. Overall, well done to Bayern, they were better than us.

On whether there was more to the collapse than Koscielny’s absence…

I don’t look for excuses. It’s an explanation, because we were quite solid defensively. It’s very difficult just after a game [to analyse], it’s a shock as well to lose at that level and on top of that we made everything wrong – the fifth goal shows that.

On putting up a fight in the first half…

Yeah, we were [in control at the end of the first half]. These kind of games you need a bit of luck on your side and you need to be focused for 90 minutes. I felt that the third goal was a killer for our players. After that we had no real response.

On the result being one of the most disappointing of his 20 years…

How I feel is not the most important thing. Of course, it’s disappointing. Of course [it will take a miracle], we need to recover first and focus on our next game [against Sutton United].

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