Arsene Wenger has expressed shock at Arsenal's 4-0 loss to AC Milan last night, with the manager admitting that it will be almost impossible to get through to the quarter finals in the club's current situation.
Milan were already in front in the 15th minute of the match after a brilliant strike from Kevin-Prince Boateng, and Robinho put the side 3-0 up just after the first half with his brace.
And it was Zlatan Ibrahimovich's penalty in the 79th minute that sealed a commanding victory for the club, leaving Wenger staring at yet another failed Champions League campaign.
"It's very difficult, but what's more difficult to take was the performance we produced tonight," he told Sky Sports.
"Defeat can sometimes happen when you play well, but I felt that defensively and especially offensively we were poor.
"We were in trouble with the same problem, the ball over the top. Slow to read the game and slow to respond. Well beaten in the challenges. Of course it was a big, big problem for us the whole night.
"We were well beaten and never in the game. It was a big shock."
Wenger has reigned to the fact that Arsenal are very unlikely to make the next round of the tournament, but ever-positive Wojciech Szczesny believes that it is possible for the north London side to get back into the game when Milan head to the Emirates.
"It's going to be very hard, especially against AC Milan," he said. "They showed tonight how good they are. But it's not impossible.
"We're going to have to pick ourselves up, do our best in the next game against Sunderland and hopefully that will give us confidence to go into the second leg.
"We still believe we can turn it around but it's going to be very difficult."