Arsenal latest: 'We took a little break' against Napoli; coach sacked after Ozil betting Tweet

Per Mertesacker

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Arsenal have been beaten to top spot in their Champions League group after losing 2-0 to Napoli in Italy as Borussia Dortmund beat Marseille in the south of France.

The results see Dortmund and Arsenal level on points - but the Bundesliga side have a better goal difference so finish top of the group.

The Gunners will now have to play a group winner - one from the following options - Bayern Munich, PSG, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Barcelona.

After the game Wenger admitted regret at the performance:

"Of course, to finish second makes the potential draw more difficult. On the other hand, we have qualified for the 14th consecutive year for the last 16. Maybe number 14 will give us a bit of luck. There is regret. That is the frustration because you feel it was open for us to do better. But it could have been worse tonight as well."

Per Mertesacker has been scathing in his assessment of the performance. The German, who put in an excellent first-half display in particular, had this to say:

"It's a strange atmosphere at the moment because we lost, by far, especially in the second half. We were always on the back foot. We took a little break today, but we'll be back on Saturday. We gave 10 per cent less mentally because we were always thinking we were through. I think we were lucky today…”

Away from the Napoli game and Arsenal have taken a stand against betting in the game - after confirming Mark Arber was sacked as an academy coach.

The former Barnet defender had Tweeted his inside knowledge of a Mesut Ozil deal in the summer window.

When asked on Wednesday of Mark Arber’s status they made it clear:

“Mark Arber is not working for us and won’t be.”

 

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