Arsenal are on the brink of elimination from the Champions League this season after suffering a demoralising 3-1 defeat in the first leg against Bayern Munich. The Champions League was the only hope of a trophy for Arsenal this season, and this defeat has left Wenger with a lot of pressure.
The midfielder Mikel Arteta has added more pressure on Arsenal by saying that they were simply not good enough. Arsenal were thoroughly outplayed by a Bayern Munich team that finished in the Champions League final last season. Despite this, the team spent a lot of money on high profile players like Javi Martinez.
Arsenal, on the other hand, have been refusing to buy big name players for a number of years, which has contributed to their steady downfall. It has been eight years since Arsenal has lifted a major trophy, and there have already been calls for the manager Arsene Wenger to step down from his post. The prospect of qualifying for the Champions League next season looks extremely difficult leaving the team with several questions to be answered. Arteta has said that the team made several mistakes over the course of the match that proved to be the difference between the two teams.
“For them to be 3-1 up is not good enough from us. We made some mistakes that cost us a lot in the game. That was the difference. We put everything into the game. The first time they got around the box they scored. After that we conceded a sloppy goal at a corner again. Once it is 2-0 to a big team like this, it is a difficult game to play. We took some risks and we paid for it on the break. It’s hard to get it because it’s happening most weeks,” said Arteta.