Last Updated: Sun, 17 Feb 2013 09:35
Arsene Wenger has defended his decision to rest key players and says Arsenal's season is not over despite losing to Blackburn.
The Gunners boss decided to start with Lukas Podolski, Jack Wilshere, Theo Walcott and Santi Cazorla on the bench as Rovers pulled off a shock 1-0 win at the Emirates Stadium to send Wenger's men crashing out of the FA Cup.
It was a bold decision from Wenger considering Arsenal have not won a trophy since 2005 and it massively backfired as Colin Kazim-Richards struck to send Rovers through.
However Wenger has defended his decision and says the side he put out should have been good enough to get the win.
"We had 11 international players on the pitch at the start of the game. We had a lot of the ball and [Blackburn] defended well. We had 16 shots at goal, they only had one shot at goal," he said.
"We made a massive mistake on the goal and we were not good enough to win the game, it is as simple as that. Not one defeat is acceptable. You are in this job to win every single game."
The Champions League is now Arsenal's only hope of silverware with a crucial game coming up against Bayern Munich on Tuesday night and Wenger says the season is not over.
"The season is not over. For you maybe, not for me," he added. "If we feel sorry for ourselves we would be completely wrong. We have a massive game on Tuesday night and we have to show that we some response in the team."
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