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Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Robben: Defeat a lesson for Bayern

Kevin Palmer

Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben said his team-mates were stunned by Arsenal's fightback in their Champions League last-16 tie on Wednesday night and hopes their brush with disaster will serve as a wake-up call for the rest of the season.

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Arsenal came within a goal of pulling off one of the great Champions League comebacks as their 2-0 win at the Allianz Arena left the scores level at 3-3, with Bayern only scrambling through to the quarter-finals on away goals.

"All compliments to Arsenal, they did a great job and in the end it is a big disappointment for them, but let's hope this is a wake-up call for us," Robben told Sky Sports. "We have been playing some great football this season and everyone has been speaking about us saying we could not be any better. Maybe this can be good for us in the future.

"These are special Champions League nights. Everything can happen in football. This is exactly what we spoke about before the game. We warned each other not to let them come into the game because they had nothing to lose and they will give everything.

"The one thing you don't want is to give them an early goal and that is exactly what happened. Overall, especially in the first half, we did not play at our level, we were not aggressive enough.

"In the second half, we did a little better, created more chances. It is unusual for us not to score a goal, but we have to be happy that we are through - but it is difficult to feel happy."

Deflated Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta claimed the belief shown by Arsene Wenger's men was the most impressive aspect of their display, but he could not hide his despair that a decisive third goal did not come.

"We gave absolutely everything we had in the game and even though we thought that after conceding three goals at home it would be extremely difficult, we kept going and kept believing," said the Spaniard, who took over as skipper in place of the 'rested' Thomas Vermaelen.

"It was mentally a very difficult game for them to manage and once we scored the first goal, they didn't look convinced. Maybe with ten minutes more, we would have got the third goal.

"It is not easy to react to some of the results we have had in the past and the 3-1 result at home to Bayern was tough to take. Not many sides win here. They have shown they're are a top side in Europe this season, so the lads deserve credit and the boss as well because he believed from the start that we could do it. We tried our best."




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