Champions League - Wenger bemoans attitude

Thu, 04 Nov 08:53:00 2010

Arsene Wenger hopes his young Arsenal side will have learned a hard lesson in European football after they allowed Shakhtar Donetsk to fight back and win their Champions League Group H clash at Donbass Arena.

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Wenger had warned his team not to expect another European romp against a side which boasted an impressive home record, the Miners having kept clean sheets in nine from 10 matches, and lost just two of the last 30 games in all competitions.

"We have learned the lesson that at this level you cannot lose focus at any moment and that is why we were punished," said the Arsenal manager, "but we are still in a strong position in the group.

"We had a good start, but after we lost our urgency and let Donetsk come into the game too much.

"We lost concentration in the duels and you could see what was coming towards half-time.

"I felt we moved out of the game altogether and moved into the game altogether, so it was more of a team problem, a kind of complacency problem more than an individual problem.

"In the second half we came back into the game and gave a lot, you cannot fault the team, and we were a bit unlucky."

Wenger challenged his side to maintain their battles on all fronts.

"At the moment we are not in a position where we can choose - we have to fight," the Arsenal manager said.

"We have a difficult league game on Sunday against Newcastle.

"We will win what we can and not choose too much."

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