Wenger Deja Vu - 'We didn't kill the game off'

Last updated : 20 October 2004 By Chris Parry
Instead, he jumped to the defence of Jens Lehmann, saying:

"When a goalkeeper concedes goals, he is going to get criticised. But I don't want to get involved in any individual criticism. He has saved us many times before. For the first goal, it was a question of decision-making and sometimes you are punished.

"Of course, ideally you would have wanted the ball to go out but you have to accept it. I feel that, for the second goal, he was obstructed as he is not the kind of goalkeeper who makes that kind of mistake.

"We responded and got back to 2-1 but then they came back again. They were focused and punished our mistakes."

"It's a bit the same story as against Rosenborg as we led twice, but at least we are going home with a point. Panathinaikos were well-organised and gave everything. When we were 1-0 and 2-1 up, we didn't kill the game off and that's why we were punished. The other team plays too though.

"They won the Greek double last season and they have good qualities. It's difficult to win anywhere in Europe, whoever you are."