By Joe Brewin

Arsène Wenger says a lack of desire was not behind Arsenal’s failure to win at Olympiacos on Tuesday night.

A young Arsenal side went down 3-1 to the Greek champions in their final Group F fixture, with their status as group winners already secured.

But Wenger insists Olympiacos did not ‘want it’ more than his side, citing the defeat as a valuable learning experience.

“I didn't feel as though we lacked motivation, I just felt that we missed some early chances that made it a very physical game,” he told Arsenal Player.

“Overall I believe it was a good learning process for the younger players because it was a real battle more than a technical game and we lost it.

“I didn't feel it was a lack of motivation.  We wanted to win but you have seen with other results that it is difficult to win away from home.

“At 2-1, I hoped that we could come back to 2-2 but we lost a goal in the end. Overall I cannot say that the motivation was missed, a bit of experience in midfield maybe.”

You can watch the full interview with the boss on Arsenal Player.

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