Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has described his team’s display in the 3-1 defeat against Bayern Munich as “our worst peformance in the Champions League”.
A late Kolo Toure goal gives Arsenal some hope for the second leg, but Wenger said: “The only positive is that we are still in the tie.
“The players are really down in the dressing-room. I feel we really turned in a bad performance.
“At 3-0 we faced a real struggle, but 3-1 at least gives us a chance.”
Goalscorer Toure was at fault for two goals, a fact acknowledged by Wenger.
“We need to help Toure rebuild his confidence as he is low at the moment.”
“But there is enough time for crying. I could cry – maybe it would be easier – but life goes on.
“In this job, you have good and bad nights. This was a bad night – but I still have confidence in the quality of my players, as well as their spirit and desire.”
Meanwhile, Wenger’s Bayern counterpart Felix Magath was disappointed to have conceded so late in the game.
“I am far from happy despite the win,” said Magath “My players failed to try and score a fourth to kill the tie and then conceded the late goal.
“Arsenal are fully capable of scoring several goals against us on their own turf.”