Wenger: Barca ‘95% through’

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger gives his side little chance of overturning Barcelona’s lead after the first leg of their Champions League meeting.

The Catalans took the first leg 2-0 at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium through a Lionel Messi brace and, speaking to BT Sport after the match, Wenger admitted the Gunners are as good as out.

“The way we finished our chances is a problem. I felt in the final third we missed something,” Wenger said, BBC Sport reports.

“Barcelona are through 95% but we want to go there and play. We will not go there and have absolutely no chance.

“The regret I had was once we looked like we dominated the game, we give the goal away. Similar to Monaco last season, naive, and that is frustrating. When we looked like we could win the game, we just gave it away.”

Wenger added that though Barca are clearly superior to Arsenal, Arsenal were well in the match until they let their standards slip.

“We were disciplined defensively but we knew that if we had to keep a 0-0 we keep a 0-0. I feel that we were extremely guilty and have no excuses for that first goal,” he complained.

“They are better than us and I believe everyone knows that, but we could have won the game if we had kept the discipline until the end.

“We were impatient in the build-up, we lost balls that we don't usually lose. Not because Barcelona forced us but just because we were not technically precise enough in our passing.

“When you lose 2-0 at home in the Champions League it is not a happy dressing room. I felt there was room to beat them. That is the biggest regret I have.”

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