The Gunners were knocked out of the Round of 16 of the continental competition by Barcelona, following their 3-1 defeat at the Camp Nou; the defending champions won the first leg 2-0 in February and completed a 5-1 aggregate rout.
It is the sixth straight season where Arsenal have been eliminated from the Round of 16 of the Champions League, with five of those coming against Europe’s elite clubs.
Baring their meeting with Monaco in the 2014/15 campaign, Arsenal’s Round of 16 opponents for the last six seasons have been Barcelona, Bayern Munich and AC Milan, with the north London outfit facing the Spanish and German giants twice.
But no, Wenger instead insisted that his side’s previous six Champions League eliminations have mostly been orchestrated by European giants.
“I could give you all the stats if you are dramatic enough to read the stats”, he was quoted as saying by his club’s official site.
“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.”
Gobsmacked by Wenger’s comments. Does he not understand that Arsenal’s season is falling apart because of his lack of world class strikers, and thus his sides ability to convert the chances it created into goals. Barcelona were the better side over the two legs, but give Luis Suárez some of those chances that Arsenal missed over the two legs and this could have been a different different result.
Wenegr is also oblivious to the fact that the reason Arsenal get drawn against all this big names in the Round of 16 is because during the group stages he is more focused on the Gunners qualifying for the knockout stages instead of winning the group and thus getting an “easier’ Round of 16 opponent.