Monaco misery for Arsenal

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Published: Tuesday 17th March 2015 by The News Editor

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Arsenal battled to a 2-0 win at Monaco but the victory was not enough to keep them in the Champions League.

The odds had been stacked against the English side following their 3-1 home defeat in the first leg, a deficit from which no team in the Champions League era has recovered when heading into the away second leg.

Olivier Giroud’s first-half effort and Aaron Ramsey’s goal after 79 minutes set up a grandstand finale, but the valiant Gunners just fell short as they bowed out on the away-goals rule.

After a slow start, Giroud headed a half-chance wide after 13 minutes. Arsenal were lacking a spark as Monaco – who had not conceded a single goal in their three home Champions League group stages earlier this season – happily took the tempo out of the match.

Giroud, who had missed several chances in the first leg, grabbed a lifeline for the visitors with a well-taken finish nine minutes before half-time.

Monaco continued to ride their luck as Arsenal pressed, with Mesut Ozil’s free-kick tipped over at the start of the second half.

The game then opened up as Arsenal committed men forwards, and finally reduced the arrears further through substitute Ramsey after 79 minutes.

There was, though, to be no miracle of Monte Carlo as Monaco goalkeeper Danijel Subasic denied a late header from Sanchez to end Arsenal’s European dreams at the last-16 stage once again – and leave Arsene Wenger’s men counting the cost of conceding a stoppage-time third goal at the Emirates Stadium.

Published: Tuesday 17th March 2015 by The News Editor

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