Champions League - Round of 16 - 2nd Leg
Monaco0Arsenal2
Monaco win on away goals

Monaco 0-2 Arsenal (agg 3-3)

Olivier Giroud
Olivier Giroud scored his seventh goal in eight games
  • Arsenal eliminated on away goals rule
  • Improved Gunners pay for poor first leg
  • Monaco reach last eight for first time since 2004

Arsenal failed to make the Champions League last eight for the fifth straight season despite beating Monaco in the second leg of their last-16 tie.

Needing to score at least three unanswered away goals after a 3-1 defeat at home, they went ahead through Olivier Giroud's close-range finish.

A lively Danny Welbeck went close to doubling the lead before half-time.

But despite Aaron Ramsey coming off the bench to score late on, with Giroud going close again, Monaco held on.

It was a heartbreaking end to Arsenal's European campaign as they came agonisingly close to scoring the third away goal they needed to progress, a feat never before achieved in the Champions League era.

All over the pitch Arsene Wenger's side were vastly improved from the defeat at Emirates Stadium last month and they ensured that Monaco conceded their first Champions League goals at the Stade Louis II this season.

Arguably, though, the Gunners lost this tie in the first leg through their defensive fragility, where they conceded a crucial third goal in the 90th minute.

And although they continued their fine form with an eighth win from nine games, that blip in the first leg was enough to ensure Monaco reached the quarter-finals for the first time since 2004.

They join holders Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Paris St-Germain, Porto and Atletico Madrid in Friday's draw.

Giroud and Sanchez
Giroud appeared to deny Sanchez a better chance of scoring the third goal from a late free-kick

Giroud was among those who were widely mocked in the first game, but after the Gunners withstood early pressure, the French striker was a key influence and combined cleverly alongside the impressive Welbeck.

After he had headed just wide and Laurent Koscielny turned a free-kick onto the Monaco crossbar but was wrongly ruled offside, the visitors established control and could have been at least two goals ahead before the break.

Former England defender Danny Mills on BBC Radio 5 live
"Think about the great teams in Europe. Do Arsenal have the right mentality, the game-management and the character? They should have seen out the first leg at 2-1. This was an 180-minute game. Do the Gunners have an arrogance, naivety, a lack of experience on those big moments?"
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Giroud gave Wenger's side the lead when he latched onto Welbeck's through ball and managed to steer his shot in at the near post after Danijel Subasic had blocked his first effort. Two minutes later Welbeck was unlucky not to join him on the scoresheet when his rasping drive was blocked by the prostrate Monaco defender Aymen Abdennour.

With Welbeck and Alexis Sanchez providing pace and width up front, Arsenal continued to cause problems for the Ligue 1 side as Mesut Ozil went close with a free-kick and flashed another effort wide.

But the hosts, who had one more day's rest than their opponents, regained their composure around the 60-minute mark and caused some nervy moments in the Arsenal defence before Wenger brought on Ramsey and Theo Walcott in search of a second goal.

It paid dividends as the substitutes combined for Arsenal's second with 11 minutes left, Walcott striking the post from a left-wing cross before Ramsey got on the end of Layvin Kurzawa's poor clearance.

Giroud almost tucked in at the back post from a free-kick but perhaps he was guilty in putting off the better-placed Sanchez.

In the end, Arsenal were left frustrated and repeated the same results in their two-legged defeat by Bayern Munich two years ago. This, though, will be harder to swallow.

Olivier Giroud
Olivier Giroud scored his 15th goal of the season
U2
Rock band U2 were among those in attendance at the Stade Louis II in Monaco
Monaco defender Geoffrey Kondogbia and Arsenal's Mesut Ozil swapped shirts at half-time
Monaco defender Geoffrey Kondogbia and Arsenal's Mesut Ozil swapped shirts at half-time
Aaron Ramsey
Aaron Ramsey scored his eighth of the season after coming on after 63 minutes

Line-ups

Monaco

  • 1Subasic
  • 2Tavares
  • 13Fortuna dos Santos
  • 5Abdennour
  • 3Kurzawa
  • 7DirarSubstituted forEchiéjiléat 86'minutes
  • 28Toulalan
  • 22KondogbiaBooked at 52mins
  • 23MartialSubstituted forFerreira-Carrascoat 60'minutes
  • 8João Moutinho
  • 9BerbatovSubstituted forBernardo Silvaat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Carvalho
  • 12de Carvalho
  • 15Bernardo Silva
  • 16Stekelenburg
  • 17Ferreira-Carrasco
  • 21Echiéjilé
  • 38Touré

Arsenal

  • 13Ospina
  • 39Bellerin
  • 4Mertesacker
  • 6Koscielny
  • 18MonrealSubstituted forGibbsat 83'minutes
  • 34CoquelinSubstituted forRamseyat 63'minutes
  • 19Cazorla
  • 17SánchezBooked at 42mins
  • 11Özil
  • 23WelbeckSubstituted forWalcottat 72'minutes
  • 12Giroud

Substitutes

  • 1Szczesny
  • 3Gibbs
  • 5Gabriel
  • 14Walcott
  • 16Ramsey
  • 20Flamini
  • 21Chambers
Referee:
Svein Oddvar Moen
Attendance:
17,263

Match Stats

Home TeamMonacoAway TeamArsenal
Possession
Home30%
Away70%
Shots
Home3
Away17
Shots on Target
Home0
Away7
Corners
Home0
Away5
Fouls
Home13
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Monaco 0, Arsenal 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Monaco 0, Arsenal 2.

Offside, Monaco. Bernardo Silva tries a through ball, but Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco is caught offside.

Foul by Theo Walcott (Arsenal).

Bernardo Silva (Monaco) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kieran Gibbs.

Substitution

Substitution, Monaco. Elderson Echiéjilé replaces Nabil Dirar.

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Wallace.

Attempt saved. Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) left footed shot from very close range is saved in the top right corner.

Attempt blocked. Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) header from very close range is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Arsenal. Kieran Gibbs replaces Nacho Monreal.

Mesut Özil (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by João Moutinho (Monaco).

Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco (Monaco).

Goal!

Goal! Monaco 0, Arsenal 2. Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

Theo Walcott (Arsenal) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Nacho Monreal.

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Wallace.

Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Fabinho (Monaco).

Offside, Monaco. Nabil Dirar tries a through ball, but Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco is caught offside.

Theo Walcott (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Layvin Kurzawa (Monaco).

Foul by Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal).

Bernardo Silva (Monaco) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Arsenal. Theo Walcott replaces Danny Welbeck.

Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Bernardo Silva (Monaco).

Substitution

Substitution, Monaco. Bernardo Silva replaces Dimitar Berbatov.

Attempt blocked. Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Mesut Özil.

Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Dimitar Berbatov (Monaco).

Attempt missed. Mesut Özil (Arsenal) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Arsenal. Aaron Ramsey replaces Francis Coquelin.

Foul by Olivier Giroud (Arsenal).

Layvin Kurzawa (Monaco) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal).

Dimitar Berbatov (Monaco) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Monaco. Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco replaces Anthony Martial.

Attempt blocked. João Moutinho (Monaco) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

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