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Wenger: We missed big chance

By Robert Jones

Arsene Wenger refused to concede that Arsenal's Champions League dream is over despite two Lionel Messi goals giving Barcelona a commanding 2-0 advantage with the second leg to come at the Nou Camp on March 16.

But privately he must now be turning his attention to the Gunners' title tilt which will be tested against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday, while the big showdown against old foes Spurs - who are also in the title shake-up - at White Hart Lane is just around the corner.

Asked about the second leg of the last 16 tie, Wenger said: "It makes it realistically very, very difficult if not impossible but we have to go there and fight."

Wenger felt his team - also still in the FA Cup - had squandered a good chance of victory.

"The regret I have is that once we looked like we dominated the game in the last 15, 20 minutes we gave the goal away, similar to Monaco, and that is what is frustrating. We looked like we could win the game and we just gave it away," he said.

"We knew we could not afford to give them counter attacks and that is exactly what we did. It is too easy to blame, you have to respect the effort. They always can kill you when you think you are on top.

"In their transition they never make a bad pass. They are better than us, there is no shame, they are European champions and that is no coincidence."

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