Arteta encourages Arsenal players for title bid

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has told his players not to allow their season to implode after a “painful” Champions League exit in Munich.

The Arsenal manager said he was “sad and disappointed” with the narrow defeat in the Allianz Arena and that the pain of losing to Joshua Kimmich’s second half header would go deep.

But after the Premier League loss to Aston Villa last Sunday, Arsenal cannot afford to lose at Wolves on Saturday evening, otherwise they will almost certainly end their campaign without a trophy.

And Arteta declared: “We have to show we are capable of turning it around. I will stand by them but we have to pick it up because we have a big, big game on Saturday. We want the Premier League.

“We are sad and disappointed with the final result – it was painful but we have to learn from it.

“I was proud of the players and what we tried to do but we lacked the magic moment that you need in this competition and we didn’t defend well in one moment.”

Although he failed to score, the night was a personal triumph for Harry Kane, who is now one two-legged tie away from a Champions League final in his first season with the German giants.

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