Arsene Wenger believes Arsenal played well against Bayern Munich in the second leg and the referee is to blame for the heavy loss.
Arsenal were thrashed 5-1 home and away by Bayern Munich in the last-16 UCL, losing 10-2 on aggregate.
The Gunners won 5-0 against Lincoln to make it to the FA cup semifinal and Wenger addressed the heaviest loss of his career.
“I didn’t want to gamble, I knew it was important to win the game,” he told a post-match news conference.
“The team performed well against Bayern and I wanted to give them the chance to regain their confidence.
“The players didn’t let me down. I think we had an outstanding performance as long as we were 11 versus 11.”
According to Wenger, the decision of match official Anastasios Sidiropoulos to dismiss Laurent Koscielny in the 53rd minute sealed the Gunners’ fate.
“We collapsed in the second half against Bayern, but when you are down to 10 men against a quality team… it is not a football game,” he said.
“I wish you’d sit in my seat for a while and then you would realise it’s impossible to keep everyone quiet. But we try.
“The criticism wasn’t justified from our last match. I watched this game three times now and the referee killed the game.”