Wenger: Unstoppable Messi is like a PlayStation
Published 23:04 06/04/10 By John Cross
Arsene Wenger last night claimed Lionel Messi was "unstoppable" after his four goal wonder show dumped Arsenal out of the Champions League.
Barcelona superstar Messi simply destroyed Arsenal with one of the all-time great solo performances in the Nou Camp to humiliate Wenger's men.
Gunners boss Wenger admitted: "We lost against a team better than us with the best player in world. He made the impossible possible. He has something exceptional. He is unstoppable.
"He is the best player in the world by some distance. He's (like) a PlayStation. He can take advantage of every mistake we make.
"He has six or seven years in front of him, touchwood that nothing happens to him, and he can reach unbelievable levels.
"Once he's on a run with the ball he's unstoppable, the only player who can change direction at such pace and be a threat."
Wenger was left cursing his bad luck after Arsenal stunned the Nou Camp by taking an early lead through Nicklas Bendtner's opener.
But Messi's stunning solo show - including a first half hat-trick - overwhelmed Arsenal and left Wenger cursing the number of injuries his side had, especially after Sol Campbell failed a late fitness test and Mikael Silvestre filled in.
Wenger added: "We played quite well but every mistake was punished. We had so many injuries and of course now we are disappointed.
"We have to come back from this with a positive reaction and show that we are strong. It's disappointing but we must come back."
Arsenal striker Bendtner insisted that the Gunners should make "no excuses" as he hailed Messi as a "phenonemum".
Bendtner added: "They were a better team than us and deserved to win. Messi scored four fantastic goals and he is a phenomenal player. He is a big part in a great team.
"He is the best player in the world. We had a lot of injuries, but they had a lot of injuries as well. It's easy to make up a lot of excuses but they were the better team than us.
"But I would rather get beaten by a better team than lose in the last minute or something like that.
"We have five games left and the next three will be vital for us, Chelsea and Manchester United. There will be a lot of swapping around at the top.
"But now we can focus on just the Premier League and it's definitely a trophy that we want this season."