Arsene Wenger conceded Arsenal suffered a “nightmare” after Bayern Munich hammered them 5-1 in their Champions League round-of-16 first-leg clash at the Allianz Arena.
Wenger answered just three questions in his post-match press conference, which lasted less than three minutes, before Arsenal’s press officer called a halt to proceedings.
The result only increases the question-marks over Wenger’s future, with his contract expiring in the summer and a growing number of fans calling for change.
A downbeat Wenger admitted after the game his side had become more and more vulnerable as the night progressed.
“It was a strange game because I feel in the first half we played quite well and we had two good chances just before half-time,” Wenger said.
“After we got a few blows. The first to lose Koscielny and after to conceded two goals in the 53rd and 56th minutes. Especially on the second goal we were really badly done because it was a corner for us and we had five players in the box and there are two balls on the pitch and they start the game and we conceded the goal.
“The real problems we faced came after the third goal because we lost our organisation and we looked mentally jaded. We looked vulnerable from that moment onwards and the last 25 minutes were a nightmare for us because we had no response.”
Arsenal shipped three goals in 10 minutes and all within 15 minutes of losing captain Laurent Koscielny to injury after the defender over-stretched attempting to make a clearance.
“If you asked me if I’d have loved to keep Laurent Koscielny on the pitch of course and after that it’s difficult to measure the real impact,” Wenger added.
“The fact is we have to cope with the result. No matter what we say now it will be turned in a way that is detrimental to us because we have had an extremely bad result.”
Wenger suggested his side now needs a ‘miracle’ to avoid being eliminated for the seventh straight season at the last-16 stage, and insists he will be looking over the footage in search of answers as to why his defence fell to pieces in the second half.
“The two goals (second and third) were difficult to swallow – 53 and 56 minutes,” he added.
“We have to analyse that but it looked from the outside that we lost our organisation.
“Not only did we lose our centre-back but after the third goal it was a combination of mental and organisational because before that we controlled them quite well.”