By Joe Brewin

Arsène Wenger insists the 8-2 defeat at Manchester United in August was nothing compared to Champions League Final heartbreak.

Wenger oversaw Arsenal’s run to the 2006 showpiece against Barcelona, where two late goals sealed victory for the Catalan giants after Jens Lehmann was sent off early on.

A red card played its part against Sir Alex Ferguson’s side too, but Wenger insists the Old Trafford humbling hurt less than Paris.

“No,” he said. “Not at all. It was emotionally difficult, but it was not a final. If you lose the final of the Champions League, it has another meaning than one game.

“When we lost at Manchester United we had still 35 games to play. It was three points lost in a humiliating way but we could come back. When you lose the final of the Champions League, to come back and do it again is hard.

“It is natural, yes, somewhere of course [for the players to want to respond]. If you ask me it was a massive disappointment for us to lose at that level.

“But what is important is that you do not play a football game for revenge, you play a football game because you want to win.”

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21 Jan 2012