Former Manchester United star Dimitar Berbatov claims that his side Monaco were more determined than Arsenal in their 3-1 Champions League round-of-sixteen win at the Emirates, Sky Sports reports.
Berbatov was on hand to score Monaco’s second goal in the second half after Geoffrey Kondogbia’s opener during the 38th minute, giving the away side a precious two goal lead.
In the dying minutes, Gunners substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain pulled a goal back, giving Arsene Wenger’s side some hope heading into the second leg, but those hopes were dashed when Monaco’s Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco scored his side’s third soon after.
And Berbatov, who also used to play for Arsenal’s North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur, believes that his team wanted it more than the Gunners.
“Nobody expected that probably but we are confident in our ability and honestly we deserved to win,” the Bulgarian said.
“We scored our chances and in the end it was a great win for us. But it is not over. We have another game in Monaco and Arsenal are a dangerous team.
“Today, we probably wanted to win more than them. We were fighting all over the pitch and winning our challenges”
Monaco have been struggling in the Champions League this season, only managing to score four goals during the group stages.
But Leonardo Jardim’s side has improved their form of late, only losing once in their last 18 fixtures, which has seen them rise to fourth in the French league.