Wenger: Don't write Arsenal off yet
The Gunners were humiliated by Monaco at the Emirates on Wednesday but the Frenchman insists that talk of elimination from the Champions League is premature
Arsene Wenger has warned his critics that Arsenal are not yet out of the Champions League despite their 3-1 first leg loss to Monaco on Wednesday.
The Gunners were humiliated at the Emirates, with goals from Geoffrey Kondogbia, Dimitar Berbatov and Yannick Ferreira Carrasco leaving them on the brink of a fifth consecutive round of 16 exit.
Wenger's future was again called into question after the match, with the majority of Goal readers believing that this season should be his last in north London.
However, the Frenchman says the Gunners will fight until the end and insists talk of elimination is premature.
"We are still in the Champions League,” he told reporters on Friday. “Don't rule us out too quickly."
Wenger concedes that he has been frustrated by Arsenal’s inability to progress beyond the last-16 stage in recent seasons, but expects the club to bounce back from their latest disappointment when Everton travel to the Emirates on Sunday.
"We fought very hard against Besiktas to qualify," he added. "What's frustrating is that we've gone out in the last 16 in the last four years."
"There is nobody to blame individually. On the night everything went against us and missing chances was only one characteristic.
"What's important to give a strong response. We are a big club so that gives us a stronger responsibility."
"You play 55 games a year and you have moments where you are disappointed. We want to finish the season in a strong way."