Arsenal ‘still have a chance’ to qualify, says Mertesacker

Date published: Tuesday 23rd February 2016 11:05

Per Mertesacker: Still feels Arsenal can progress

Arsenal captain Per Mertesacker says they “still have a chance” of qualifying for the Champions League quarter-finals, despite their 2-0 defeat to Barcelona in the last-16 first leg tie. 

The Gunners will have to overcome a 2-0 first leg defeat to Barcelona when they visit the Camp Nou next month if they are to progress to the Champions League quarter-finals.

Lionel Messi scored two second half goals to seal the victory for the European champions at the Emirates Stadium, putting them in pole position to qualify for the next round.

Despite Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger claiming his side’s performance was “average”, captain Per Mertesacker is confident his team can put in a good performance in the second leg.

The German defender refused to admit the tie was over, and said that his side will “never give up”.

Speaking after the game, Mertesacker said: “We had to score at one point here and that’s why we do not deserve anything. You will never keep them quiet for 90 minutes.

“We took more risks and then they scored. We had enough chances to score at least one.

“We have to concentrate on the Premier League now. In one month we face Barcelona again and we still have a chance. We never give up.”

Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey admits it will be “tough” to overcome the disappointing first leg defeat.

He added: “We did really well in the first half – we created a few opportunities but didn’t take them.

“It will be tough for us now but we will go there and try out hardest. Against a side like that you have to take your chances.”

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