Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has said that the 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid on Thursday evening was the ‘worst possible result’ for his side.
The game couldn’t have began any worse for Atletico with the visitors reduced to ten men after just nine minutes.
Sime Vrsaljko was booked after just 70 seconds for bringing down Jack Wilshere as he tried to race towards goal and he received his second yellow and subsequent red when he came in late on Alexandre Lacazette.
Hector Bellerin was then penalised for a foul on Lucas Hernandez but the loud protests from Atleti boss Diego Simeone were deemed overzealous by referee Clement Turpin and he was sent to the stands.
Atleti started the second half brighter than the first but struggled to create any clear cut chances and Arsenal eventually broke the deadlock just beyond the hour mark.
Jack Wilshere got the ball on the left and clipped it to the back post where Lacazette rose highest to nod past Oblak and send the home fans into raptures.
Atletico seemed content with a one goal deficit and if anyone was likely to score, it was Arsenal, but with eight minutes left that all changed.
Jose Gimenez played a long ball forward towards Griezmann who was kept onside by Monreal, he held off Koscielny and despite his original shot being kept out by Ospina, he was first to react to the loose ball which he fired into the roof of the net to give Los Colchoneros a vital away goal.
And the leveller and all-important away goal from the Frenchman has left Wenger ruing his side’s missed chances.
“Looking at the performance and the way the game went, it was the worst possible result for us,” Wenger told BT Sport after the match.
“But we have to go there in a positive mood and qualify.
“Of course it feels like an opportunity missed. We could have qualified tonight but it didn’t happen. Their keeper made a lot of saves and they showed their quality by scoring with one chance.
“What matters is that we go there with the belief to do it.”
The Gunners will head to Madrid next week, hoping to score at the Wanda Metropolitano.