Arsenal FC manager Arsene Wenger has insisted that his side has enough quality to cope with the absence of Mesut Ozil.
Arsenal were knocked out of the Champions League in the midweek as they failed to overturn the first leg defeat at Emirates. The Gunners conceded two goals at home after Szczesny’s dismissal and that proved to be decisive in the end. Despite a valiant effort in the second leg, the Gunners failed to create enough opportunity to turn it around.
Arsene Wenger felt his side gave a good account of themselves over two legs and his only regret is the red card at the Emirates.
“I’m disappointed that we went out but mentally we were at the level of the game in both games. That was not the case last year, we missed our first game. This year I felt that we were at the level in both games. At the end of the day, as I told you after the game, we have the regret for having played with 10 men at home. We played 1-1 away, on the night I must say we didn’t create enough chances to win with two goals difference but we played against a good side that is top in Europe at the moment. I still feel we needed everything to go for us in the two games to go through.” – The Arsenal manager said.
Arsenal were also dealt with a heavy blow in the second leg when Mesut Ozil picked up an injury in the first half and had to be replaced by Tomas Rosicky in the second half. The German international will now miss some crucial matches in the upcoming weeks, although Wenger is adamant that his side has enough creative quality in them to cope with the absence of Ozil.
“It is of course a blow but I am confident we have the quality without him during that period. We have many creative players in our squad who can take over and produce quality performances. I am convinced that the team is ready, even without Ozil, to go for the challenge.
“He had a very good game against Everton on Saturday and I feel he was handicapped from early on in the [Bayern] game by this hamstring because I saw him stretching a few times.” – Wenger added.
The former Real Madrid midfielder’s extent of injury is yet to be officially confirmed and Wenger has insisted that he could be out for three to six weeks. This means Arsenal will be without him for their upcoming crucial matches against Tottenham, Chelsea, Swansea and Manchester City.