Arsene Wenger hails Arsenal's "spirit" despite Champions League exit

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Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, has hailed his team's character after their Champions League elimination on Wednesday night.

The Gunners ran out 2-0 victors at the Allianz Arena, which saw the tie end 3-3, which meant it was Bayern Munich who prevailed due to the away goal rule.

The hopes before the game were very slim as the first leg ended 3-1 at the Emirates Stadium to the German side and many people thought it would be a similar scoreline in Germany, however that was not the case.

Reports suggested before the game that Arsene Wenger was going to field a weakened team so that they could focus on the race for top four in the Premier League, however that was proven wrong once the game got started as the French manager fielded his strongest line-up possible apart from the omission of captain, Thomas Vermaelen.

Goals from Olivier Giroud and Laurent Koscielny were not enough for Arsenal to advance any further, but Wenger could not hide his delight at his side's spirit and character.

Weneger told Sky Sports: "We were very, very close tonight. Maybe a few times we were lucky as well, but we had the chance of Gervinho, and there were maybe one or two set-pieces we could have done better.

"But the spirit and the performance was there, and overall we had a great go.

"The regret we have tonight is from the first game. We conceded a very bad goal in the last five minutes. If we had lost 2-1 at home, you can see how important that goal is tonight."

He added: "I know these players and I've said many times they have a fantastic attitude and spirit. We have the quality.

"Unfortunately, we have to go out of the Champions League, but the positive is, of course, the performance and the spirit."

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