Arsene Wenger has defended Arsenal’s Champions League record after they crashed out of Europe 5-1 on aggregate to Barcelona on Wednesday night.
The defeat in Catalonia means the Gunners have failed to get past the round of 16 stage for the last six years, but Wenger was looking on the positive side.
The Gunners went into the game at the Nou Camp already staring down the barrel having been beaten 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium in February’s first leg.
And, despite a gutsy performance against the reigning European champions, goals from Neymar, Lionel Messi and a stunning Luis Suarez volley saw Barcelona comfortably into the last eight with a 3-1 victory.
Mohamed Elneny’s first goal for Arsenal was consigned to the status of a consolation strike as Wenger once fell at this early juncture.
But, having lost to Monaco, Bayern Munich twice, AC Milan and Barca again back in 2011, the Frenchman was quick to speak out about Arsenal’s perceived short-comings.
“I could give you all the stats if you are dramatic enough to read the stats,” said Wenger.
“They showed that we suffered but that should not be considered game by game. In football, you look the last game and you look at the positives.
“We have gone out in the last six years to top sides who won the Champions League after. On one occasion we lost to Monaco but the others are always against Bayern Munich or Barcelona.”