Well, there you have it, Arsenal are the third English team to crash out of the Champions League this season following a crushing away goals defeat to Monaco.
Despite bagging the victory in France, Arsenal couldn’t undo the damage done during a hellish 90-minutes back in north London – how Arsene Wenger must look back on that late Monaco third goal as the game-changing moment.
If anything, the two-legs sum up this Arsenal side; you just never know which one will turn up. You can get the pathetic and weak XI that played at the Emirates or you can get the side that dig deep, that take their chances but, ultimately, always just fall short.
Fair play to Monaco, though, who know what they’re good at and stick to it – a friendlier Stoke City perhaps?
Anyway, Arsenal’s Champions League campaign is over for another season at least but before they return home, let’s have a look at what we learnt from tonight’s game
It was a welcome sight for all Gunners when Aaron Ramsey was named in the starting line-up against West Ham last weekend. And that sight got even sweeter when the Wales international bagged Arsenal’s all important second goal to kill off the Hammers.
Ramsey’s performance was so impressive that Gooners were gutted to see him back on the bench for tonight’s game against Monaco.
When Ramsey did eventually come on, he changed the game with his forward-thinking play and, of course, his well taken goal.
The anti-Mesut Ozil brigade is a bizarre one and one that isn’t going to change its agenda anytime soon. The German international was in his usual subtle genius form against the Ligue 1 outfit tonight. However, as soon as the cameras picked up the World Cup winner swapping shirts at half-time with Kondogbia, that was it for the attacking-midfielder.
Scapegoat; now, forever and always.
We all knew what to expect from Arsenal tonight; it is what the Gunners do time and time again, ‘heroic failure’. They came close against Bayern Munich in the previous two seasons, however, ultimately, the damage was already done and they had left themselves with too much to do.
When will it change for Arsene Wenger’s side? Something has got to give? Something has got to change? They’re in a cycle and don’t know how to break it.