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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.

Crowd trouble halts Dynamo match

Fans were using chairs to beat each other. Credit: Reuters

Dynamo Kiev overturned a first-leg deficit to reach the last 16 of the Europa League at the expense of Guingamp but the match was overshadowed by crowd trouble.

Play was suspended due to crowd trouble in the second half. Dynamo went on to win the game 3-1 (4-3 on aggregate).

Uefa is yet to comment on the situation.

The match was halted by the referee. Credit: Reuters

Rodgers defends Lovren over penalty miss

Lovren skied his penalty. Credit: PA

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers leapt to the defence of Dejan Lovren after the centre-back's failure from the spot proved crucial in their defeat to Besiktas on penalties.

The Europa League last-32 clash went to spot-kicks after Tolgay Arslan had levelled the aggregate score at 1-1 in normal time on the Reds' return to the Ataturk Stadium.

The Istanbul stadium was the venue for the Merseysiders' famous 2005 Champions League victory, also on penalties, but there was no repeat this time as Lovren missed the decisive last kick to hand Besiktas a 5-4 victory.

Dejan was happy to take a penalty - you see the five penalties takers were all confident.

The four before had experience before in a penalty competition this season - and they were confident.

We are disappointed for him because he had played really well in the game but someone has to miss, and unfortunately it was us.

– Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers.
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