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Wenger: 'We collapsed, no excuses'

The Arsenal manager looked "particularly wounded" after the Bayern defeat as he faces another Champions League last 16 exit. Arsenal-Chelsea live

Arsenal's manager Arsene Wenger in the dugout

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admitted his side had 'collapsed mentally' in their 5-1 Champions League rout by Bayern Munich on Wednesday.

The under-pressure Frenchman said there were no excuses as the Gunners faced a seventh successive last-16 exit after the latest mauling.

'We conceded the second goal and then the most important thing was that we lost Laurent Koscielny (to injury). We collapsed mentally,' said Wenger who will face fresh calls for his resignation.

Bayern were better

'I am not looking for excuses. Overall I must say they were a better team than us, they played very well in the second half and we dropped our level.

'They were better than us, well done to Bayern. Their third goal was a killer -- we had no response. It is a shock of course to lose at this level.'

Wenger refused to discuss his personal mood after the match.

'How I feel I don't think is the most important but of course it is disappointing,' he said although pundits thought otherwise.

'He looked particularly wounded. I feel for him -- he almost needs to be protected from himself,' former Arsenal defender Martin Keown told BT Sport.

Low point for Wenger

'This is a massive low point for him. This brings forward the change that looks likely at the end of the season.'


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