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Wenger unable to enjoy FA Cup victory

2017-02-21 14:41
Arsene Wenger (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has admitted that he is still seething about last week's Champions League hammering at the hands of Bayern Munich, despite the Gunners beating Sutton United in the FA Cup on Monday.

Wenger's side booked their place in the FA Cup quarter-finals, where they will take on National League leaders Lincoln City, with goals from Lucas Perez and Theo Walcott seeing the Gunners through in somewhat unconvincing fashion.

"I did not really enjoy it because we absolutely had to do the job and it is tricky," he told the BBC.

"At Bayern we were 1-1 and then in the second half it all went wrong so at half-time at 1-0 up it was not finished.

"We did the job. It is very different, I must say, on this kind of pitch. It was not an easy game at all.

"We have to give them credit because every error we made they took advantage of on this pitch. They played very well.

"It is basically division five and when I arrived here 20 years ago in division five they were not as fit physically as they were today. They were organised and had a huge desire.

"If we were not mentally prepared we would not have gone through. It is important for the confidence of the players."

Wenger added that he could never manage at non-league level as it was too difficult and praised the performance of Sutton as 'astonishing' after his team were given a stern test.

The 67-year-old Frenchman also didn't mind Sutton's humble surroundings as he called the tiny changing rooms as fantastic saying that 'the closer you are the stronger and more united you go out there on the pitch'.

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