Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was left bitterly disappointed after seeing his side fall to a 5-1 defeat to Bayern Munich on Wednesday night.
The Gunners now need to win both their remaining group games against Dinamo Zagreb and Olympiakos and hope that results elsewhere go their way in order to take second spot in the group and advance to the knockout stages of the Champions League.
However, Wenger was particularly irritated with the defensive performance in Munich, with Per Mertesacker and Gabriel struggling throughout the encounter to contain the Bayern frontline as Laurent Koscielny sat out as a precaution with a hip problem.
While the result was undoubtedly a huge blow to their confidence after an impressive run of form, the French tactician was left even more frustrated as he suggested that it is unlikely that his side will now be able to progress.
“There’s still a chance to qualify,” he told reporters, as noted by Sky Sports. “It’s a small chance but it is a real one. I think we have to realise that after that kind of performance today, our chances are minimum.
“First you have to give credit to Bayern for their quality. On top of that, we made things quite easy for them with our defensive performance.
“We were extremely poor defensively, we were not at the races.”
Wenger’s men will have to prepare for a quick turnaround and will aim to get back to winning ways when they face north London rivals Tottenham on Sunday.
While they sit joint-top of the Premier League table alongside Manchester City heading into the fixture, Wenger will be desperate to ensure that their performance and result on Wednesday night doesn’t now affect their domestic form which has seen them win five consecutive league games.