Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has seen the positive side in the Gunners’ exit from the Champions League after their 2-0 win over Monaco on Tuesday, Daily Star reports.
Wenger’s men needed to win at least 3-0 to progress to the knock-out stages following a disastrous first leg at the Emirates, in which they were defeated 3-1 by their Ligue-1 opponents.
Olivier Giroud scored late in the first half to give Arsenal some hope they could achieve the almost impossible task, and when Aaron Ramsey scored in the 79th minute Monaco really had their backs against the wall.
But it was not meant to be, as the Red and Whites held on to the result, meaning they progress to the quarter-finals via the away goals rule.
And although Wenger is disappointed to have been knocked out in the round-of-sixteen once again, he felt that it was a good performance for his side as they look ahead to their upcoming fixtures.
Wenger said: “We are very disappointed to go out tonight, but overall I think we are on a positive trend.
“Of course [we don’t want out season to slip away], we want to win the next game and we knew before the game we had 98 per cent chances to be out.
“But we did fight and I felt some players were a bit jaded as we gave a lot on Saturday and we lacked a little bit of freshness at the end.
“If you just look at the game tonight, I think it’s a positive game for us.”