The Straits Times
Published on Feb 17, 2013

Wenger defiant after Arsenal FA Cup exit


LONDON (AFP) - Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger urged his side to focus on Tuesday's last 16 Champions League first leg clash with Bayern Munich following the Gunners' shock FA Cup loss at home to Blackburn Rovers.

Boyhood Arsenal fan Colin Kazim-Richards scored the only goal in the 72nd minute as second-tier Blackburn advanced into the quarter-finals of the FA Cup with a 1-0 win at the Gunners' Emirates Stadium on Saturday.

Arsenal haven't won a major trophy since last lifting the FA Cup in 2005 and the team were booed off by their own supporters at full-time.

"I couldn't see how we could lose the game because we had a lot of the ball and they had one shot on goal but they defended well and it's the kind of game you can lose if you make a mistake at the back like we did," said Wenger after Arsenal's first FA Cup defeat by lower league opponents in his 17 years as Gunners boss.