Reports have emerged claiming that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was taking a realistic approach to his side’s latest Champions League exit.
For the sixth season in a row, the Gunners were dumped from the Round of 16 stage after losing 3-1 to Barcelona at Camp Nou for a 5-1 aggregate defeat.
Having again failed at this phase of Europe’s elite tournament, Wenger opted to look at the shortcoming in a pragmatic manner as he focuses on the Premier League title chase ahead of Saturday’s trip to Everton.
“In England, you are dramatic enough to use all the stats to make sure we suffer and I trust you to do that,” said the Frenchman.
“We have to consider game by game. In football, you look at the last game and you look at what is positive and negative to prepare for the next one.
“We’ve gone out in the last six years against top sides who have won the Champions League after. One occasion where we were completely guilty was against Monaco. All the others were always against Bayern or Barcelona.”
Arsenal have now lost to Monaco (last season), Bayern Munich (2013 and 2014), AC Milan (2012) and Barcelona (2011 & this year) in the initial Champions League knockout stage.