Wenger: We’re frustrated but this is part of a learning curve

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Arsene Wenger admits Arsenal’s second string were not at their best against Red Star Belgrade even though they secured the point that ensures safe passage to the knockout stages of the Europa League.

The Gunners were booed off the field by some sections of the Emirates after a drab 0-0 draw but having avoided defeat, qualified with two games to spare and with a clean sheet for rookie keeper Matt Macey, it wasn’t all bad.

Speaking to BT Sport, the boss reflected: “We’re a bit frustrated because we couldn’t score, but overall we made the essential. We lacked a little bit sharpness in the final third to make the decisions.

“They always looked dangerous on the counter-attack. As I said before the game, it [Red Star Belgrade] is a good team. They played well tonight.

“We want to win all the rest of our games. I believe we’ll have a similar squad, we go to Cologne and finish at home so we want to win the last two.”

On the reaction of some in the crowd at full-time, the boss added in his press conference: “People supported the team [even though] in the end they didn’t see goals. They’re not used to not seeing goals at the Emirates [it was the first goalless draw since October 2016].

“For us ,it’s frustrating as well that we don’t score but we understand as well that there are many young players in the team and playing these types of games is part of the learning experience for them.

“We made four games, 10 points. You could see tonight that it was a very intense game.”

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