Backpage Roundup: Arteta Proud Of Arsenal’s Effort, Wenger Worried About PL Plight, N’Koulou Set for Marseille Exit, Miyaichi’s Injury and More

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Arteta Proud Of Gunners Effort

Mikel Arteta says that he and his Arsenal teammates gave their all in the second leg against Bayern Munich and their performance on Wednesday night was nothing to be ashamed of.

The Gunners defeated the Bavarians 2-0 at Allianz Arena but crashed out of the competition as Bayern had scored more away goals than them in the tie. But despite their failure to progress, it was a magnificent achievement to defeat a formidable side like Bayern by multiple goals in their own backyard.

In an interview after the game, Arteta told Sky Sports:We gave absolutely everything we had in the game. We knew we had conceded three goals at home and it was going to be difficult, but we kept going and we kept believing.

“It was mentally a very difficult game to manage tonight. When we scored the first one they didn’t look very convincing and we tried to take advantage of that. We scored a second one at the end and maybe with 10 minutes more we would have had a better chance.

“Coming here, not many teams win here. They have shown that they are a top side in Europe this season, so the lads deserve credit and the boss as well because he believed from the start that we could do it. We tried our best.”

 

UCL Exit ‘Massive Wake-Up Call’ For PL Elites – Wenger

Arsene Wenger believes that the Premier League clubs aren’t as strong as they used to be and other European clubs have caught up on them.

With the Gunners’ Champions League exit yesterday at the hands of Bayern Munich, there are no more English clubs left in Europe’s most elite club competition, and the Arsenal boss says it could be a sign of worry for the PL.

Speaking to the press after his side’s win last night, Wenger said: “It is a long time since that happened, that means the rest of Europe has caught up on us. We have to take that into consideration when we think about the future of the Premier League.

“It is a massive disappointment for English football, for a number of years we are not used to that. It is a massive wake-up call for us because we had Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea and us all out before the quarter-finals.”

 

Wenger Lauds Arsenal ‘Performance’ and ‘Spirit’

Arsene Wenger lauded his Arsenal side’s spirit after they inflicted a 2-0 defeat over Bayern Munich on Wednesday night but went out of the Champions League on away goals rule.

A third-minute opener by striker Olivier Giroud and a late second by Laurent Koscielny ensured that the Gunners triumphed on the night but the fact that they had conceded three goals at Emirates Stadium in the first leg became the cause of their ouster from the competition.

After the game, Wenger told Sky Sports:We were very, very close tonight. Maybe a few times we were lucky as well, but we had the chance of Gervinho, and there were maybe one or two set-pieces we could have done better. But the spirit and the performance was there, and overall we had a great go.

“The regret we have tonight is from the first game. We conceded a very bad goal in the last 15 minutes. If we had lost 2-1 at home, you can see how important that goal is tonight. I know these players and I’ve said many times they have a fantastic attitude and spirit. We have the quality. Unfortunately, we have to go out of the Champions League, but the positive is, of course, the performance and the spirit.”

 

Marseille’s N’Koulou Set for Summer Exit

Marseille centre-half and long-term Arsenal target Nicholas N’Koulou will be made available for transfer in the summer, according to a report published by Sky Sports.

The 22-year-old Cameroonian’s Ligue 1 club is embroiled in financial troubles and so they will cash in on him if someone matches their asking price.

The player himself isn’t in a hurry to part ways with L’OM and says that he will only leave the club if all the parties involved are satisfied.

Sky Sports have quoted N’Koulou as saying: “I want to finish the season strongly and then we will talk about my position. I love Marseille, they have been great to me. I am happy if everyone is a winner.”

It is believed that N’Koulou is also on the radar of the Gunners’ Premier League rivals Manchester City.

 

Miyaichi Out for Season

Wigan Athletic’s on-loan Arsenal winger Ryo Miyaichi has picked up a serious injury and is unlikely to play again this season, the Latics manager Roberto Martinez has revealed.

The 20-year-old Gunner was brought down heavily by Kevin Mirallas in the Latics’ 3-0 defeat of Everton last weekend, and he is now set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

 

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