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Wenger: Loss hurts me more than Twitter criticism

Wenger's Arsenal were crushed by Monaco at home in the Champions League. Credit: PA

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is not immune to criticism, but feels "hurt" more by his team's defeats than what the pundits have to say or rants on social media.

The Gunners saw their Champions League hopes suffer what appears to be a fatal setback following a 3-1 home defeat by Monaco in the first leg of the last 16 tie on Wednesday night.

The lacklustre performance of Wenger's side drew plenty of negative headlines and sound bites, while Piers Morgan took to Twitter to defend himself against claims of not being a proper Arsenal fan by former Double winner Bob Wilson, who had gone on radio to support the manager as his position was again called into question.

What is hurting is the defeat more than the criticism. I do not say I am immune to it. I love to win and when I don't win, I am hurt of course.

We have to live with that (criticism) and I think what is important is to give a strong response.

We are a big club - that means we are a club who interest many people and that gives us a stronger responsibility.

Of course when you come out from a disappointing game like Wednesday night, you don't expect people to applaud. It is absolutely normal that we get criticised.

– Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.

Royal approval for Monaco win at Arsenal

Monaco's shock Champions League victory at Arsenal on Wednesday has been given a royal seal of approval.

Prince Albert of Monaco celebrates at Arsenal's Emirates Stadium. Credit: Nick Potts/EMPICS Sport

Prince Albert II of Monaco, who was in north London to witness the principality club's 3-1 triumph, was surprised and thrilled by the result.

"It's a historic night. Everything went wonderfully. We saw a very determined, well-organised AS Monaco side," he told the Ligue 1 club's website.

"I never thought that one day I'd see the scoreboard at the Emirates Stadium read 3-1 to AS Monaco. It's the kind of game that gives you hope for the end of the season and for the future."

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Souness: Arsenal are too easy to play against

Wenger's side had no answer to Monaco. Credit: PA

Former Scotland international midfielder Graeme Souness, has put Arsenal's style of play to the sword after their embarrassing defeat at home to Monaco.

Souness said on Sky Sports: "Arsenal were miserable...they were so disorganised. A dream to play against - zero threat apart from the opening 10 minutes. "They try to play the ultimate football, all neat and tidy on the ball and creative - but all successful teams have a contrast of midfield players.

"They are too easy to play against - I keep saying it. That was a perfect example. For me, an average team has blown Arsenal away today.

"This is the first time I've been to the Emirates and not enjoyed something about Arsenal's play. Nothing excited me or got me on the edge of my seat. That's a miserable night for an Arsenal fan."

Ashley Cole explains why he turned down Arsenal book

Former Arsenal defender Ashley Cole has explained why he turned down the opportunity of featuring in a book about the club's 'Invincible's.'

Cole formed part of the Arsenal team who famously won the 2003/04 title without losing any games, an achievement which has never been matched in the Premier League era.

But the full back moved to rivals Chelsea under a cloud of controversy. He was caught secretly meeting Blues boss Jose Mourinho at a London restaurant while still under contract with Arsenal, and later expressed his disgust at the Gunners' offer of a new contract.

'Invincible: Inside Arsenal's Unbeaten 2003-2004 Season' by Amy Lawrence was released in October last year.

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