Mertesacker: Arsenal need Monaco miracle

Per Mertesacker has admitted Arsenal’s defeat at home to Monaco in the first leg of their Champions League tie has left the club needing a miracle and a wonderful night in the principality, the Daily Mail has reported.

Geoffrey Kondogbia and Dimitar Berbatov put Monaco into a two-goal lead before Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain pulled one back, but Yannick Ferreira Carrasco re-established the deficit with a late counter-attack, leaving Arsenal with a mountain to climb in the return fixture – to be played on March 17.

Never before has a team lost by two goals at home and progressed through to the next round of a Champions League tie and Germany international Mertesacker acknowledged how difficult a task the Gunners are facing, expressing the need for Arsene Wenger’s side to have everything go their way when they face the Ligue 1 side again.

“We have seen a lot of miracle nights in all competitions,” the centre-back said. “European nights can be very frustrating, but they can also be wonderful. We need a wonderful night.”

Mertesacker added that it was an evening where luck seemed to be against Arsenal but also pointed the finger at himself and his teammates, hinting at a tendency to overplay when it a goal-scoring position.

“A lot of things went against us. We found our own teammate instead of the net a couple of times,” he conceded. “A lot of things went wrong. We still kept going. Sometimes the crowd want to see better results, especially at home because they know it will be tough in Monaco.

“We could have scored more than three goals and we can hurt them. We have to focus on that. We can’t look back and think too much about this game.”

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