Arsenal Just Couldn’t Do Enough
After a disappointing first leg against Monaco -- it ended 1-3 to Les Rouge et Blanc at the Emirates-- the Gunners had a huge mountain to climb.
Arsenal scaled the escarpment admirably but couldn’t reach the summit, as the 0-2 and 3-3 on aggregate drew them even, but they lost on away goals.
When the draw was made, Arsenal were supposed to walk past Monaco rather comfortably. But recently, English teams always find new ways to disappoint. Nothing new here. Arsenal has to be patteed on the head for its heroic efforts away from home, but when they botch the first leg to underdogs at home, they needed more than just heroics.
The night started brightly for the Gunners, as Olivier Giroud was on target mid-way through the first half.
Fittingly, the origin of ricochet is French.
A Rambo-like strike by Aaron Ramsey after a generous giveaway kept the charge at full throttle:
That was a better assist than anything the Gunners did.
But alas, the third goal Arsenal required wasn't happening. And the English run of bad luck in Monaco continues.