Wenger 'We are going through a period where we have bad luck'

Last updated : 23 November 2010 By Chris Parry

"We played against a team who refused to play and tried to catch us on the counter attack. They used every single trick in the book to slow the game down. We were not sharp enough to create clear-cut chances.

"Saturday's result had no knock-on effect, because I had seven players who did not play, and I had to rest some players. I think we had enough on the pitch to make a goal, but football is like that when the other team focuses not to play.

"Everybody is free to play the way they like, and they won. We could play 10 matches like that and win eight or nine times, but tonight was the one we didn't."

"It is difficult to understand how we did not get a penalty. The five referees is not an answer to the problem.

"We were caught when Eboue was just down on a bad tackle which went unpunished. The turning point was the penalty - I still cannot understand how Carlos Vela got a yellow card. It remains a complete mystery.

"The referee had some surprising decisions tonight. It is hard to swallow, but now we have to win our last game. The most important thing for us now is to qualify.

"It is good that Shakhtar play against Braga, but they are the super favourites to win the group."

"We are going through a period where we have bad luck, we had Eboue kicked off the park without any punishment and we also had the penalty turned down. What was the fifth official doing? We have another proof that it is absolutely useless, this system.

"Then when we were 10 against 11, we made a mistake at the back, there was a minimum of communication and that's where we were punished."

"Eboue will be out for a while and we will have to asses Fabregas tomorrow. It could be two to three weeks. It is very disappointing because I had a hesitation to play him before the match started. I took the gamble and it backfired on us."