Arsenal fall short as AS Monaco progress on away goals

Monaco advanced to the Champions League
quarter-finals despite losing 2-0 at home to Arsenal
on Tuesday night.

Arsenal were dumped out of the UEFA Champions
League despite beating AS Monaco 2-0 at the Stade
Louis on Tuesday night.

The Gunners had the first clear cut opening of the
game when Olivier Giroud headed just wide of the
upright in the 14th minute.

After a barren spell in the first half, Arsenal eventually
broke the deadlock in the 36th minute courtesy of a
well-taken finish from Giroud, after his initial effort had
been saved.

The lead could have been doubled minutes later, as
Danny Welbeck was left with time and space on the
edge of the area, but his goal-bound volley was
cleared away.

Arsene Wenger’s men continued to press for a second
goal after the halftime break and went close in the 52nd minute, as Mesut Ozil’s curling free-kick was tipped around the post by Danijel Subasic.

Arsenal eventually doubled their lead in the 78th
minute courtesy of a fine low driven effort from Aaron
Ramsey, seconds after Theo Walcott had struck the
upright.

Subasic came to Monaco’s rescue in the the closing
stages, as the shot-stopper was on hand to deny Alexis Sanchez from point-blank range.

Monaco managed to survive a late push from Arsenal
and held out to advance on the away goals rule.

Pascal

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