Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, told the media his side overcame a difficult moment last night, but now need a bit of luck in the last-16 draw on Monday.
Despite the 2-0 loss at Napoli, Arsenal managed to qualify for the knockout phase based on their better goal difference.
“When we were down to 10 men and 1-0 down, of course the doubt crept in a little bit and it was a difficult moment for us,” Wenger said in his post-match press conference.
“It just shows you that this group had three very good teams. That the three teams made 12 points and the goal difference played a big part.
“Unfortunately, with Marseille taking no point at all, one team had to suffer.”
Wenger also admitted the loss against Napoli puts The Gunners at risk of facing one of the European big guns like Real Madrid, FC Barcelona or Bayern Munich in the last-16.
“Of course to finish second makes the potential draw more difficult,” Wenger said.
“In the last four to five years we had always a very difficult draw, may be this time we will be a bit luckier.”
Despite the frustration of not finishing on top of their group, Wenger also acknowledged his clubs achievement of qualifying for the 14th consecutive year for the knockout phase and promised his players will give everything in their next Premier League fixture against Manchester City.
“That is the frustration (not winning the group), because you feel there was room to do better, but it could have been worse as well.
“We have done our job now we will give absolutely everything on Saturday morning.”
Arsenal are now facing a difficult trip to the Etihad Stadium before welcoming Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea at home. They go with a 5-point advantage into these two tricky games and will be hoping to bounce back from their loss in Italy.
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