Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was left ruing defensive mistakes in the first leg of his side’s Champions League last-16 clash after coming close to shocking Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena.
The Gunners were 2-0 victors on the night thanks to an early Olivier Giroud strike and a late Laurent Koscielny goal, but after their 3-1 defeat in north London it was the German side who progressed on away goals.
Mario Mandzukic’s late third goal was the difference between the two sides over the two legs and it is a goal which still irks Wenger.
“It’s very difficult to go out of the Champions League for anybody, especially when you lose at home, you make it difficult for yourself,” he said.
“We played against one of the best teams in Europe.
“The spirit and the performance was there we had a great go.
“My regret from first game is that we conceded a cheap goal in the last five minutes when we could lose 2-1 at home.
“You can see how important that goal was tonight.”
Despite his frustrations, a victory against a side 20 points clear in the Bundesliga did give some comfort to the Frenchman.
“Positives, of course, were the performance and the spirit. The clean sheet and overall defensively we were very good. We lost some balls off some situations which frustrated at times.
“I am confident we will give everything to come back next season. Our young players done very well lets finish well this season strongly.
“The result brought back memories of last year’s exit to Ac Milan when they were 4-0 down in the first leg before winning the second 3-0.
“We have the same regrets as last year (against Milan),” Wenger said.
“The first game we have nerves but second game we show how good we are.”