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Wenger cites tiredness as Arsenal miss out

Arsenal FC manager Arsène Wenger felt tiredness was the main reason for his side's failure to register a home victory against a Fenerbahçe SK side who now have it all to do according to their coach Luis Aragonés.

Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger reacts on the touchline
Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger reacts on the touchline ©Getty Images

Arsène Wenger, Arsenal coach
We created all the chances in the first half. We had three or four clear-cut chances but we didn't score and in the second half we dropped physically. We had a lot of possession but because we didn't score it meant Fenerbahçe didn't really come out at us. They were happy to defend well in the final third and we lacked the sharpness to put our strikers into good positions. The positive side is that we are still top of our group and the negative is that we didn't win a game we should have won.

Looking at the results of the English teams this week, none of them had lost in the Champions League until now and this week none of them won. That can be explained by us all having to play a lot in the last week – everyone has given a lot in the Premier League and have had less energy to play well in the Champions League. Defensively we were sound, and we were good in the air; against two good strikers we never looked in trouble at all. We defended well but we are used to creating chances as games wear on. In the last 20 minutes you always expect Arsenal to create chances but this team couldn't today because physically we didn't have the energy.

Luis Aragonés, Fenerbahçe coach
I don't think it's right to compare the two games [against Arsenal] although we created plenty of chances at home, perhaps even more than they did – but the difference was that they took them and we didn't. Tonight we played well but didn't do enough on the counterattack. It will be very difficult for us to qualify now but you always have a chance in football. We're going to have to play better to turn this around but we will – it's not over yet. Fenerbahçe have to win the next game. Our aim is always to win. Of course, we intended to score but we were facing a quick, attacking team. Had we been better on the break we could have achieved more.