Wenger on defeat, defence and Wilshere

Arsene Wenger spoke to the media after the 2-0 defeat to Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League on Tuesday. Read a transcript of what he had to say below:

on the defeat…
Congratulations to Dortmund, they were the better team. We had a disappointing performance and the victory is normal. Still the paradox of the night is we had very good chances to to score first that didn't go for us and went for them. We were caught on two counter-attacks on 45 and 48 minutes and that was very difficult.

on Welbeck's finishing…
He will [finish], I don't think we have to make a problem with that. He had a very lively first half and he couldn't finish from his two or three good chances in the first half. We have to be patient [with him].

on the first goal…
We had still three against one at the back and that's still difficult to understand how we conceded the goal. It's true that we lost the ball 80 metres from our goal but after that I think there were enough people to stop the goal.

on what was most disappointing about the defeat…
They were better and stronger than us in midfield, I agree with that. But it's very difficult on the night to go into any individual assessment of any players because as a team we were not at the requested level.

on Wilshere…
Jack Wilshere has turned his ankle, it's difficult to say how bad it is because I am a bit cautious, normally it's not very bad but because of his history I'm a bit cautious. Apart from that no player I took off was injured.

See Full List

Fixtures & Results

Premier League
Ticket Info