Arsenal failed to overturn a 5-1 deficit from the first leg of their last-16 tie with Bayern Munich and were instead beaten by the same scoreline at the Emirates to be knocked out 10-2 on aggregate.
Wednesday’s sports headlines spoke of “humiliation” and an “all-time low”, while the players who helped Wenger turn Arsenal into the superclub they are today said the time for change had finally come. It may not be most important fact but you consider it, of course.
Wenger told reporters: “I believe that we have two uncertainties [for Lincoln]”. I want rid of them. I live in my daily work with my complete commitment.
“I feel we produced the game we wanted and we were really unlucky with some of the decisions”.
‘I watched it. I stayed with it even when it went to 3-1 because it is interesting, on a psychological front, to see how they respond.
Defeat at Emirates Stadium is simply unthinkable for Arsene Wenger’s side, even given their current problems, but this sort of supposed mismatch brings its own pressure for their players.
“I have to take it on the chin and I will get a lot of criticism, but it doesn’t make it right”, he said. We played very well.
Arsenal captain Per Mertesacker admits Lincoln demand respect for their FA Cup exploits this season as the pair meet on Saturday for a place in the semi-finals. “I think in this game we produced a performance”.
‘If they can do what they did, why can’t we beat Arsenal?’ Waterfall said. “We are used to climbing the mountain and taking it one step at a time”.
5-1 – This is Arsenal’s biggest home defeat since November 1998 (5-0 loss to Chelsea in EFL Cup). We’re going to embrace it and enjoy it, but we’ll go there with a game plan.
Those are the words of Arsene Wenger, not after Tuesday’s humiliating Champions League exit, but from six years ago when his Arsenal team crashed out against Barcelona.
As reported on Wednesday night by Telegraph Sport, Wenger and the club are confident that their relationship is such that they will be able to decide jointly whether the two-year contract that has been provisionally drawn up is actioned.
Progress in that competition is now imperative, as is pushing back into the Premier League’s top four and securing a passage back to the Champions League for 2017-18.