Mikel Arteta, the manager of Arsenal, didn't mince words when discussing his team's devastating loss to Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-final, reported by GOAL. With emotions running high in the Arsenal dressing room, Arteta acknowledged the profound disappointment following their defeat.

Arsenal's Champions League aspirations were shattered as they succumbed to a 1-0 defeat against Bayern Munich in the second leg of their quarter-final tie. Joshua Kimmich's decisive header proved to be the decisive blow, sealing Bayern's victory with a 3-2 aggregate scoreline. This loss adds to Arsenal's troubled history with Bayern, a team that has consistently dashed their European dreams in past encounters. Despite a valiant effort, Arsenal couldn't break through Bayern's resilient defense, leaving their Champions League hopes dashed for another season.

What Mikel Arteta said

Speaking candidly about the defeat, Arteta expressed the profound disappointment within the Arsenal camp. He admitted that finding the right words to console his players proved challenging in the face of such a gut-wrenching loss. Arteta highlighted defensive lapses as the deciding factor, emphasizing the need for precision and concentration at the highest level of competition. Despite dominating large spells of the game, Arsenal's inability to capitalize on their chances ultimately cost them dearly.

“At the moment it's a gutted dressing room, very disappointed. I cannot find the right words to leave them, I wish I had. We have to go through it. We tried against a team with a lot of experience. Through the tie the margins have been very small. There were moments that we were better, we gave them two goals – that is a big advantage to give away.

“Today you could see that it was a zero margin of error, we made a mistake defensively in the box, big one, and we give away the goal. Now is the moment to stick with the players, because they need our support. They are the ones that have taken us on this journey.” Arteta explained.

Arteta lamented Arsenal's inability to conjure a moment of brilliance that could have turned the tide in their favor. Recognizing the fine margins in Champions League football, Arteta stressed the importance of seizing opportunities and capitalizing on key moments. Despite showing moments of dominance, Arsenal ultimately fell short of unlocking Bayern's defense and securing victory. However, Arteta remained optimistic about the team's ability to learn and grow from this experience.

When asked about Arsenal's missed opportunity Arteta said :”Yes. Had to be. A mistake from them or a magic moment, that is what unlocks the tie. We didn't manage to win it at the end and we could have won. At the moment we were better than them and had a lot of moments of dominance. That spark around the box is what you need in these ties to get the victory.”

What's next for Arsenal

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Despite the disappointment, Arteta remained optimistic about Arsenal's progress in the Champions League, acknowledging the club's return to Europe's elite competition after a seven-year absence. He emphasized the need for patience and perspective, suggesting that it may take time for Arsenal to reach the heights of their European rivals. However, Arteta expressed confidence in the team's ability to learn and grow from this experience. He highlighted the strides made by Arsenal in recent years and reiterated his belief in the team's potential to compete at the highest level.

With their Champions League campaign over, Arteta urged his players to refocus their efforts on domestic competitions. Arsenal still harbors hopes of success in the Premier League and other domestic tournaments. Arteta called on his team to channel their disappointment into motivation as they prepare for upcoming challenges, including a crucial fixture against Wolves. With the Premier League title race still within reach, Arteta remains determined to lead Arsenal to success on the domestic front. As the Gunners regroup and refocus, Arteta will look to instill resilience and determination in his squad as they strive to bounce back from their Champions League heartbreak and pursue glory on the domestic stage.