By Rob Kelly

Arsène Wenger says it has been easy to lift his side after their Champions League disappointment due to the nature of Tuesday’s display against Milan.

Needing four goals to send the tie to extra time, Arsenal came close to an historic comeback following strikes from Laurent Koscielny, Tomas Rosicky and Robin van Persie. However, after failing to find a fourth, they exited the competition.

But Wenger says his side had nothing to feel down about after their superb performance at Emirates Stadium.

“The disappointment is there but we produced the performance that we wanted, we were just a fraction short,” he said.

“If we have regrets it is more down to the fact that we missed our first game and that we had many players out on a night that any player you put on at that level has a massive importance. In midfield we were a bit short.”

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