Wenger riled by UEFA away-goals rule

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger claims UEFA's Champions League away-goals rule encourages negative football.

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The Frenchman revealed he had campaaigned for it to be scrapped after his team's second-round exit to Bayern Munich last season. 

The Gunners were again drawn to face Bundesliga giants in the last 16 of Europe's elite club competition for the second season running after failing to secure top spot in Group F when they lost 2-0 away to Napoli and Borussia Dortmund secured a late winner in Marseille.

Last season, Arsenal recovered from a 3-1 home defeat in London to record a fine 2-0 victory at the Allianz Arena, but it was not enough to see them progress as Bayern went on to the quarter-finals before eventually lifting the trophy at Wembley.

Wenger would be in favour of the two-legged tie being settled outright rather than rely on a rule which was introduced in the European Cup days.

"Last year we went out on away goals and after that I asked for UEFA to cancel the away goals," Wenger said.

"We lost 3-1 here and then won 2-0 at Bayern.

"The weight of the away goal is too heavy, too big and is not justifiable anymore."

Wenger, whose team play Chelsea in the Premier League on Monday, added: "People are surprised by my question, but I think it a problem in the modern game.

"Why did they put the away goal in? Because there was nothing on television.

"When you went out of the European Cup (in the past), you got kicked everywhere, but nobody said a word so to encourage the teams to play they said, 'Okay, we give you an incentive for the away game'.

"However, in the modern game everything is on television and analysed, so there is no big difference anymore.

"Sometimes I think there is a counter-effect as teams play at home not to concede goals - now at home, the first thing managers say is, 'Let's not concede goals'."



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