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Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand believes the Gunners are out of this season’s champions league, via the Daily Mail.
The Former England defender who watched Arsenal suffer a two goal defeat at the hands of Barcelona believes the North Londoners are resigned to their fate and taking a two goal deficit to the Camp Nou is a lost cause.
The former defender believes Wenger should be frustrated with his sides performance yesterday. Ferdinand said:
‘In the pre-match talks that he had with the team, it seems he highlighted the counter-attack as a big issue they had to combat. To concede through a counter-attack must have frustrated him.
‘But the naivety, when you go 1-0 down in a Champions League game like this you have to remember there’s a second leg.
‘1-0 to the Nou Camp is not a great result but you’ve still got a chance, your foot is still in the tie, whereas at 2-0 it’s almost a lost cause.
‘As you see with the interviews with the manager and Mertesacker, it’s almost like it’s gone now. So the disappointment I’m sure is that he pre-empted what could have happened and they fell into the trap.’
The defender has urged the Gunners to now focus on the Premier League and not dwell on the defeat to Barcelona as the Spanish giants are capable of beating any team in the world when they are in form.
‘Going out to Barcelona, they’r capable of beating any team on any given day. The league has been so inconsistent, especially from the top teams, this is the year Arsenal should go on and win it. If they don’t questions will surely be asked.’