We bow out of the Champions League with our heads held high - Udinese's Francesco Guidolin

The Serie A side's head coach admitted that the Gunners were too much of an obstacle for his side, but added that the tie could very well have ended differently
Udinese coach Francesco Guidolin has expressed his pride with his side's performance in the Champions League tie against Arsenal, but admitted that the Premier League side were too strong.

The Serie A side were beaten 1-0 at the Emirates last week and Wednesday's 2-1 defeat in the second leg meant the end of their Champions League ambitions.

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"We go out with our heads held high. We lost to opponents who are better than us, but for three-quarters of the 180 minutes we matched them and had the same chance of going through," Guidolin said on the post-match press conference.

"We weren't very lucky, but that's part and parcel of football, and I don't like to look for excuses. Our dream ended tonight, that's the truth, but our supporters gave us a long applause, which means that we played our part."

Guidolin then went on to praise Arsenal and wished the Gunners all the best in the group stage of the Champions League. 

"It's just as well that someone told us that Arsenal weren't the hardest team we could have drawn. Whoever said that was wrong, even though the match could have taken a different turn had Di Natale scored the penalty.

"I wish Arsenal well in the Champions League, while for us a new campaign beckons in the Europa League and that's no small thing."

The draw for the Champions League group stage takes place on Thursday evening, while Udinese will learn who their opponents are in the next round of the Europa League on Friday morning.