Wenger: 'We were punished very hard today'

Last updated : 01 November 2008 By Chris Parry
"We were punished very hard today. It's very difficult to take but they defended well, were well organised and committed, and were also sharper than us physically.

"We had a lot of possession, a lot of the ball but didn't create many chances as they were so well organised.

"We should have scored first to force them to come out. They played 90 minutes in the final third of the pitch and took advantage of the throw-ins.

"The throw-ins are like a set piece as there are 20 men in the box.

"We were prepared for it mentally but they caused us big problems. At the end we got a red card and it's really difficult to take."