Arsenal boss blasts misfiring striker after 3-1 loss to Monaco

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has slammed Olivier Giroud for his performance in the Gunners’ dismal 3-1 home defeat to Monaco in the Champions League round-of-sixteen on Tuesday, Daily Star reports.

Wenger’s side are close to being eliminated from the Champions League in the same round for their fifth consecutive season following Monaco’s convincing away victory.

The Ligue-1 club take a big 3-1 lead back to the Stade Louis II, but it could have been a much tighter affair if Gunners front-man Olivier Giroud managed to finish the chances he was presented with during the fixture.

“Giroud had an off night tonight and he missed easy chances,” Wenger said of his striker. “It looked like it was not one of his best days.

“In the first 20 minutes we could have won the game, but Monaco are strong physically.

“We missed our chances – look at the number we missed tonight. At that level we cannot afford to do that.

“Mentally we were not sharp enough to get into the game, and we paid for it.

“I hope my players were not complacent, but it looks when you are lacking sharpness that anything is possible.

“Football is not on paper, it’s down to your performance. On the night Monaco produced a performance and we didn’t.”

Against the run of play, Monaco went into the lead after a long-shot from Geoffrey Kondogbia deflected off Per Mertesacker into the Arsenal goal.

And after the break, former Manchester United and Tottenham striker Dimitar Berbatov doubled the lead with a cool finish on the counter attack.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain thought he gave the Gunners some hope with a brilliant curled finish during injury time, only to see Monaco grab their third through Yannick Ferreira Carrasco.

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