Arsenal fell at the first hurdle in the Champions League for a fifth year in a row, despite beating Monaco 2-0, in their second leg at the Stade Louis.

The Gunners needed to score three goals, and Monaco to score none in order to mitigate the damage that was done at the Emirates last month. Their manager, Arsene Wenger, hoped for the best, as he fielded a front three of his best gunners, namely, Olivier Giroud, Danny Welbeck and Alexis Sanchez.

Last night Wenger’s team were a different animal and they demonstrated that they were one of England’s most in-form teams, as they broke down a formidable Monaco defence that had not conceded any goals at home in the Champions League this season.

The Gunners’ slick passing produced a string of first –half chances; there was hope of a comeback from their 3-1 deficit in the 36th minute, when the in-form Olivier Giroud swivelled and hooked a right-footed shot into the roof of the net for the opener.

Danny Welbeck, then nearly doubled Arsenal’s lead shortly after, but was denied by a goal-saving block from Monaco centre-half Abdennour, as the Gunners would have been optimistic going into the break at 1-0.

Mesut Ozil, selected ahead of Aaron Ramsey, came under fire for his performance. But the substitute Ramsey, who came on in the second half, scored a second with a ferocious drive inside the area with eleven minutes remaining. Giroud then had another chance to get Arsenal the goal they were so craving, but his volleyed effort from a free kick was clawed out by Subasic; this was the last chance of note, as Monaco held on to reach the last eight. It was a disappointing end to Arsenal’s European campaign, as they failed to get the third goal they needed to progress. 

Monaco have now reached the quarter-finals of the Champions league for the first time since 2004, when the beat Real Madrid to go on to the final, where they lost to Jose Mourinho’s Porto 3-0.

Arsenal were left having to settle with the same scoreline as their last-16 defeat to Bayern Munich in 2013, but this will be a bitter pill to swallow as the Gunners leave the Cote D’Azur frustrated and perplexed.

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