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Arsene Wenger admits Barcelona are "95 per cent" through to the next round


Manager Arsene Wenger says Arsenal are disappointed after suffering a 2-0 home defeat against Barcelona in the Champions League.

A determined-looking Arsenal side went close to taking the lead in the first half but struggled to cope with the pace and quality of Barcelona's forward line in the second half.

They will face the Spanish giants on March 16 at the Camp Nou with the Frenchman honest enough to admit that the hosts will be strong favourites to qualify.

"Of course I'm disappointed because we put a lot of energy into this game," Wenger said.

"I felt that we lost at the moment that we looked more capable of winning the game, and we also lost it in a way which we could not afford to give them. It's a bit disappointing to give them the goals that we did, especially the first goal.

"I feel that we were extremely guilty and have no excuses for that goal.

"We were disciplined defensively but we knew that if we had to keep it at 0-0, we would keep it at 0-0.

"They are better than us, everybody knows that, but I think we could've won the game tonight if we kept the discipline until the end. Once again, like against Monaco, exactly the same thing happened. We were caught in exactly the same way.

"Barcelona master all aspects of the game. As soon as you're in a bad position, one or two players can punish you.

"We had two or three opportunities to stop the first goal which we didn't do because I don't think we had the right response to the situation that our players faced.

"We had an unbelievable chance in the first half. The way we finished our chances today is a problem because I felt that we missed something in the final third.

"Barcelona are certainly through, 95 per cent, but we want to go there and play. We are Arsenal Football Club and we will not go there to just have no chance.

"What we want is to focus on our next game. It's a shame that the players have not got any satisfaction tonight because energy-wise we put absolutely everything in."

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