After AS Monaco earned a place in the Champions League quarter-finals by seeing past Arsenal on away goals in last night’s last-16 second leg clash, manager Arsene Wenger believes the French club didn’t deserve to go through following their negative performance at the Stade Louis II, reports BBC
Arsenal won 2-0 on the night, but couldn’t find the all-important third goal to book their place in the quarter-finals. After losing 3-1 at the Emirates in the first leg, the task was just too great for the Londoners to pull off. They came close in the end, but once again the valiant Gunners were left ruing a miserable first leg performance that was the real cause of their European exit.
Wenger could have no argument with the defeat in the first leg, as Monaco were bold in attack and resilient in defence, but the Londoners were very dominant in the second leg and the long-serving Arsenal boss doesn’t feel Monaco deserve to progress as a result. The French Ligue 1 side were incredibly negative, and didn’t register a short on target on Wednesday night which left Wenger frustrated.
When asked if Monaco deserved to go through, the French coach replied: “I don’t believe so. If you look at the number of shots on target they had you will be surprised. Every defeat hurts but we didn’t lose.”
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