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Wenger full of adulation as spirited Arsenal fall short against Bayern

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger heaped praise on his players as they were sent packing from the Champions League.

The Gunners lost on away goals despite a 3-3 aggregate with Bayern Munich but Wenger was extremely proud of the way his side performed at the Allianz Arena in tonight's 2-0 second leg win which came courtesy of goals either side of the break from Olivier Giroud and Laurent Koscielny.

"We were very, very close tonight," Wenger told Sky Sports.

"Maybe a few times we were lucky as well, but we had the chance of Gervinho, and there were maybe one or two set-pieces we could have done better.

"But the spirit and the performance was there, and overall we had a great go.

"The regret we have tonight is from the first game. We conceded a very bad goal in the last 15 minutes. If we had lost 2-1 at home, you can see how important that goal is tonight."

He added: "I know these players and I've said many times they have a fantastic attitude and spirit. We have the quality.

"Unfortunately, we have to go out of the Champions League, but the positive is, of course, the performance and the spirit."

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