By Ikenna Agu

Arsenal manager <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>Arsene Wengerstrong> expressed disappointment at his side’s failure to finish top of their Champions League table after losing 2-1 at Olympiakos. Victory would have seen the Gunners qualify for the last 16 as Group B winners, but they came second and could now face the likes of Barcelona.

“We have to wait for the draw but we wanted to be first,” said <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>Wengerstrong>. “We need a good Christmas present. I’m not happy with things in the game but I’m happy with the team’s desire,” <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>Wengerstrong> said.

Midfielder Tomas Rosicky put Arsenal ahead and with group leader Schalke drawing at Montpellier, <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>Wengerstrong>’s men were set to top their group. But Olympiakos hit back through Giannis Maniatis and Kostas Mitroglou to ensure the Gunners finished as runners-up.

“We can get a bad draw on less strong team, but you normally get strong teams through anyway now,” added <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>Wengerstrong>. Arsene was angry with the decision to award a corner in the build-up to the equaliser, when Paulo Machado’s header appeared to hit the post rather than Wojciech Szczesny’s hand. “It was so obvious that nobody touched the ball,” <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>Wengerstrong> protested. “You wonder how the fifth referee could not have seen it.”

Arsenal has now won just four of their last 13 matches in all competitions and host West Brom on Saturday in the Premier League, where the Gunners sit 10th with only 21 points from 15 games. Asked whether he planned to make signings in the upcoming transfer window, <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>Wengerstrong> added: “We will see where we stand on 1 January. “If everybody is fit we have a strong squad, but in certain areas we are a bit short because we cannot rotate.

“For now it is important for us to focus on the domestic championship, forget about the Champions League a little bit and get ourselves back in decent form,” said <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>Wengerstrong>.

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