Arsenal produced a dominant display against a nervous AS Monaco, ultimately winning 2-0 on the night, but suffering elimination as a result of the away goal rule, reports BBC Sport.
Arsenal were dominant in possession and creating chances, ad their French counterparts attempted to see the game out by frustrating the Premier League giants and slowing the pace of the game down by any means necessary. It had the desired effect in the first-half, but before Olivier Giroud finally made the breakthrough in the 36th minute.
The French international lifted an effort into the roof of the net with his right foot to put the Gunners ahead in the first-half. They came close a second before the break, but Monaco just about held out.
In the second-half, Arsenal started poorly, and in fact came close to conceding early on. They failed to get any rhythm until Aaron Ramsey was brought on, and the Welshman made a telling contribution by scoring a drilled effort from inside the area in the 79th minute.
Monaco were hanging on in the late stages of the game, but were resilient in defence. They were happy to concede set pieces as their defending from aerial balls was dominant. Olivier Giroud did connect with a cross late on, and his effort was beaten away off the line by the Monaco goalkeeper. It was as close as Arsenal came and saw them out of the Champions League last-16 for the fifth consecutive season.
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