Arsene Wenger reacts to Arsenal’s 2-1 loss to Dinamo Zagreb
Arsene Wenger says his Arsenal side were unlucky to slump to a 2-1 loss to Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League
Arsene Wenger felt Arsenal were unlucky to lose after the 10-man Gunners slumped to a 2-1 loss to Dinamo Zagreb in their Champions League opener on Wednesday night.
The north London side fell behind in the 24th minute after Josip Pivaric’s shot was saved but rebounded in off Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
French striker Olivier Giroud was then sent off for a second yellow card when he fouled Ivo Pinto, before Junior Fernandes headed in for Dinamo to put them 2-0 up.
Substitute Theo Walcott superbly slotted home in the 79th minute to give Arsenal to set up a tense finale but the home side held on for the win.
Wenger, whose side next face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League on Saturday lunchtime, believes that the Gunners deserved more from Wednesday’s Champions League clash.
Wenger told BT Sport: “It is not the way we wanted to begin the competition. We were a bit unlucky. We faced a Zagreb team who were committed.
“We gave it all until the end but unfortunately couldn’t come back.
“The first yellow for Olivier Giroud is a foul for us and the second is an accident. They got away with obvious fouls many times.
“We have enough games to come back. We focus to win our next home game and I’m sure we can beat Zagreb at home.”
The result left Arsenal third in Group F, behind leaders Bayern Munich and Zagreb.