Arsenal were humiliated on home soil against an injury-hit AS Monaco side who hit the Londoners on the break to score three goals, putting Arsenal’s Champions League quarter-final hopes in jeopardy, reports BBC
AS Monaco took the lead in the 38th minute through influential midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia. The former Arsenal-target hit a long range striker that deflected off Gunners’ defender Per Mertesacker and into the back of the net. It stunned the stadium, but Arsenal failed to fight back before half-time, and went into the break behind.
They start the second-half a lot quicker as expected after a telling off from manager Arsene Wenger, but it failed to get a result. Players continued to give away the ball in dangerous positions, and it subsequently led to Monaco’s second breakthrough goal from Dimitar Berbatov. The former Tottenham man collected a cutback and made no mistake with a composed finish past David Ospina.
Substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain pulled a goal back for Arsenal late on, with a brilliant curled effort from the edge of the box, but he then lost possession a minute later that saw Monaco restore their two-goal lead. The result sees Arsenal on the brink of elimination.
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