Arsenal midfielder proud in defeat
Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta has told of his pride after the Gunners bowed out of the Champions League in style last night.
The Premier League side travelled to the Allianz Arena to face Bayern Munich, trailing 3-1 from the first leg at the Emirates, and they managed to level the aggregate scores before bowing out on away goals.
It is the first time since 1996 that there have been no English representatives in the quarter final draw of the competition, but despite that, Arteta remains upbeat.
He told Sky Sports: “We gave absolutely everything we had in the game.
“We knew we had conceded three goals at home and it was going to be difficult, but we kept going and we kept believing.
“It was mentally a very difficult game to manage tonight. When we scored the first one they didn’t look very convincing and we tried to take advantage of that.
“We scored a second one at the end and maybe with 10 minutes more we would have had a better chance.
“Coming here, not many teams win here.
“They have shown that they are a top side in Europe this season, so the lads deserve credit and the boss as well because he believed from the start that we could do it. We tried our best.”
The Gunners managed to score twice, first through Olivier Giroud and then Laurent Koscielny, and keep a clean sheet which made for a nervy final few minutes for the German side, who were without a number of key players.
Sadly, it wasn’t enough for the North London side, as they crashed out of the competition on away goals.