Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is not a man to mince words and, in the wake of the Gunners’ heavy 4-0 defeat to Manchester United in the FA Cup fifth round tie at Old Trafford on Saturday, the Frenchman accepts defeat and admits that the team has been dealt a massive blow with this defeat to their arch rivals.
It was an off-day for us – we were beaten everywhere.
We never looked like coming back and when we tried in the second half we had Eboué sent off straight away and then it was of course game over. It’s disappointing but this team has given a lot and we were up for it before the game, it just didn’t work for us today and Man United were better.
The only positive news is that we have no new injuries and we can now prepare for Wednesday (against AC Milan). We know we need a top class performance then to be in with a chance.
Typical Arsene Wenger, looking forward and trying to push the bitterness to the back of the mind. Yet Arsenal will have to be fast in brushing aside this 4-0 humiliation when they confront AC Milan in the UEFA Champions League in midweek.