Arsene Wenger said Arsenal’s performance against CSKA Moscow was possibly their best in the Champions League since he became manager.
Arsenal missed countless chances as the match finished in a goalless draw.
“The team played exceptionally well – maybe the best Champions League game since I have been here,” Wenger said afterwards.
“The team played very well but we did not take our chances early on and then there is big pressure on the next one.
“We should have won by five, six or even seven,” said Wenger.
“People will feel frustrated by the result but for me it is the best in the Champions League we have played since I’ve been here.
“Normally, you win this sort of game 7-0 – or maybe 7-1 because CSKA had a chance as well but I still feel there is a lot of positives for the team.
“We were not guilty of trying to score the perfect goal this time.
“We dominated this Moscow team by miles and created clear-cut chances. There was a division of difference between the two teams but we have to take the result.
“Yet, I still feel that this team has great potential and it is how we mature in the coming months that will decide whether we win a trophy.”
“It will be difficult but there are still so many positives for us to take from this performance. I am convinced one day we will play far less well than that and score four, five, six goals.
“We need to keep the belief. It is nothing to do with the new pitch. It is much more simple than that. We need to put the ball in the net.
“But our crowd were great tonight. It was a great crowd, a great performance and a bad result.”