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Summary

  1. Kondogbia opens scoring with deflected strike
  2. Former Spurs man Berbatov finishes swift break
  3. Oxlade-Chamberlain gives hope with long-range strike close to FT
  4. But Ferreira-Carrasco then strikes in injury-time - after another Monaco counter attack
  5. Get involved: What do you think of Arsenal's performance?

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By Gary Rose

All times stated are UK

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Well, it has been a miserable couple of days for Premier League sides in the Champions League.

Are Chelsea the only domestic hope of success in Europe's premier club competition? Or have we got a surprise or two in store when the second leg fixtures come round?

Those get under way on the 17 and 18 March so until then, goodbye.

Arsenal 1-3 Monaco

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Amy Lawrence, football reporter for The Guardian: "Now the Wenger Dilemma becomes the story again. It ebbs and flows over the course of the season, and it's a vulnerable situation for the club. Now everyone is asking everyone whether you are for Wenger or against Wenger. And that's a destabilising situation."

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Justin in London: Absolutely embarrassed to be an Arsenal fan tonight. Shocking heartless display from the players.

Harvey from Hull: Wenger needs to leave at the end of the season for his own good, or after all these poor performances people will start to forget all the good he did for the club.

Adeel in Leamington Spa: All the boo-boys can do one. We will still get through.

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Former Arsenal and England centre-back Martin Keown

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"Arsene is like family. I worked with him. I believe in Arsene Wenger, and he needs to be given the time. He's got two years and he knows the rules - if he's losing the reflexes then you have to walk out the door. Let's not look at the next man, but look at what Wenger brings. And we're all willing him to turn this around.

"The weekend will tell us a lot about the players, the fans, but in particular the manager. Sunday couldn't come quick enough for Arsenal for them to try and get this back on the road."

Reaction

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Prince Albert of Monaco was at the game and joined in the celebrations.

"I never thought I would see this scoreline here. But it's deserved,"

he told Uefa.com. "A draw would have been great for us. Before the game I met Arsene and asked him to be kind to us. I'm sort of sad for him, for us to have stolen the show."

"The task is massive now."

Arsenal 1-3 Monaco

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been speaking to Sky Sports and, when asked where things when wrong tonight, he simply responds "a little bit everywhere".

"A horrible night but congratulations to Monaco they defended very well and caught us on the break," he says.

"We controlled the game quite well, with their first shot on goal they scored. Everything went for them tonight but you see why they did well in the group stage. They didn't weaken throughout but we did.

"The task is massive now. The third goal makes it even more difficult. We will have a go of course.

"It's very, very disappointing but Champions League is down to performance on the day and when you don't perform at the level requested for 90 minutes you are punished. We knew they absorb you and get you on the break, what happened is exactly that."

Arsenal 1-3 Monaco

Former Arsenal and England centre-back Martin Keown

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"Wenger is on it. He is in touch 100% with his team and how they emotionally collapsed in the game. They were unprofessional in their youthful exuberance, and they lost it.

"It's one thing to identify the problems but it's another thing to make the necessary changes. Big decisions have got to be made, but he loves every player and treats every player like hi son. But he's got to be ruthless for the benefit of the team. Arsenal were so intent on winning it that they ended up losing it."

Manager reaction

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger: "The third goal makes our task extremely difficult in the second leg. It looks like we lost our nerve and our rationality on the pitch. The heart took over the head and that doesn't work. Mentally we were not sharp enough to get into the game, and we paid for it.

"In the first 20 minutes we could have won the game, but Monaco are strong physically. We missed our chances - look at the number we missed tonight. At that level we cannot afford to do that.

"I hope my players were not complacent, but it looks when you are lacking sharpness that anything is possible. Football is not on paper, it's down to your performance. On the night Monaco produced a performance and we didn't.

"Giroud had an off night tonight and he missed easy chances. It looked like it was not one of his best days."

History not on Arsenal's side

Arsenal 1-3 Monaco

Can Arsenal turn things around in the second leg? It would be some achievement if they do. No team has lost a European Cup/Champions League first-leg knockout tie at home by two goals and progressed to the next round since Ajax in 1969. Ouch.

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Michael Wechie: Arsene Wenger got it wrong right from the line-up, even before the match begun.

Kavit Gada: Sack Wenger now! There's still time to save our season and turn this horrendous result around.

Seany Ekon: Gutted for Wenger. Embarrassing for him to lose a French team.

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Harry Hopwood: Not sure if this has been mentioned already, but how tall was the ref!?!

Deniz Aytekin of Germany. 6'5". Only 36 years old. Just an inch shorter than Per Mertesacker.

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Amy Lawrence, football reporter for The Guardian: "Arsene Wenger knows Monaco very well because he follows French football intimately and knows Monaco very well. He wanted a cautious start. In recent years, Arsenal have conceded early at home in the Champions League and it undoes them. And here we are again. Wenger is desperate to break the curse, the pattern, but it was a catastrophe tonight."

Player reaction

Arsenal 1-3 Monaco

Monaco midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia, speaking on Uefa.com: "We're not surprised. We know our capacities. We knew that we had to be at 200% to have a chance. We prepared for this game well. We knew we could do it if we had few chances.

"It's true we didn't expect to win with a two-goal gap. My goal, I knew before receiving the ball from Joao that I would try my luck."

A not-so perfect reunion

Arsenal 1-3 Monaco

Former Arsenal and England centre-back Martin Keown

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"The team is not professional enough. They get too caught up in the moment, and they cannot afford to react to games like that. They need to be professional and to step away from the emotion of it all.

"This game won't be addressed inside the camp until tomorrow. There is nothing to be gained by Wenger letting off steam in the dressing room tonight. He has a great deal of self-control and I have never seen him lose the plot. I saw him kick something once and then walk off. He will rebalance and come back, though he might not sleep well tonight."

An easy draw?

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Julien Laurens, French football reporter: "Everbody in France will be surprised right now. Monaco's work ethic was wonderful and tactically they were spot-on. They are so strong defensively. I just cannot believe Arsenal did not test the two young fullbacks and did not put more pressure on the whole defence.

"There is a second leg and all this could be different, but this is one of the biggest results for a French team in the history of the Champions League. This is as good a performance from Monaco as it was a bad one from Arsenal."

Arsenal 1-3 Monaco

Former Arsenal and England centre-back Martin Keown

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Arsene Wenger and his coaching staff
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"Arsene Wenger will reflect on this result and he will not be giving up on this tie. He will probably be feeling embarrassed because he's a proud Frenchman. This will hurt to the core tonight, but he will come back fighting. So don't discount Arsenal.

"But this might help Wenger find a better balance with his team, because his balance tonight was not right. Wenger will be given time, be given two more years to make this work, and I can tell you he will not be giving up."

"It's OK to go out to a Bayern or an AC Milan, but to a Monaco? There are different sorts of questions Arsene Wenger will have to answer."

Arsenal 1-3 Monaco

It might have been a little bit different if Olivier Giroud had popped his shooting boots on.

The striker had six shots tonight, the most he has ever recorded in a Champions League game. That's good. All six, though, were off target. That's not so good.

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Martin in East Grinstead: No excuses for us. This is punishment for challenging for fourth every consecutive season and not for the Premier League title.

Monique: Days like these make it so difficult to be and Arsenal fan. Absolute shambles from start to finish.

Marcus from Newport Pagnell: Martin Keown mentioned something about character after the Oxlade-Chamberlain goal. That's the Arsenal character we all know and love, zero bottle on a big night.

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Player reaction

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Dimitar Berbatov celebrates at full-time
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Monaco striker Dimitar Berbatov reacts on Sky Sports: "We are confident in our ability so honestly we deserved to win. We scored our chances and in the end it's a great win for us. It's not over, we have one more game in Monaco and Arsenal are a great team.

"We are good. Arsenal is a good team but today probably we wanted the win more than them, We fought all over the pitch, won our challenges and scored the goals.

"In a team like Arsenal I don't think they can allow themselves to underestimate our team today but if they did then it's up to them."

Arsenal 1-3 Monaco

Former Arsenal and England centre-back Martin Keown

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"On the break Arsenal were continually picked off. Tonight, Ozil and Cazorla were too interested in getting forward - they needed a Viera or Petit. But boy, weren't Arsenal dismantled by a very impressive Monaco team."

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Arsenal fans leave the Emirates
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Prior to today, Arsenal had not conceded a single goal at the Emirates in three Champions League games against French opposition. What went wrong Arsenal fans?

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Jamie Mills O'Brien: At the Emirates. Just witnessed what must be the most abject performance from an English team in Europe in many, many years.

Marvic Cordina: Arsenal swept away by simple counter attacking football. Monaco should be proud!

Aashish: If this result doesn't result in Arsene contemplating retirement, nothing will.

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FULL-TIME

Bayer Leverkusen 1-0 Atletico Madrid

In the other Champions League last-16 game tonight, Hakan Calhanoglu's strike gives Bayer Leverkusen a 1-0 victory against last year's finalists Atletico Madrid.

Atletico had Tiago sent off and had a Fernando Torres goal ruled out as they suffered only their second defeat in their last 10 knockout matches.

Championship full-time

It is all over in the only Championship fixture tonight as Nottingham Forest continue their impressive run under new boss Dougie Freedman, beating Bournemouth 2-1.

The Cherries remain fourth while Forest are ninth.

Arsenal 1-3 Monaco

Former Arsenal and England centre-back Martin Keown

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"The British media will dissect Arsenal, but in France they will be glowing about how strong Monaco were and how well organised they were from the start. They picked Arsenal's pockets.

"Berbatov was outstanding - who said he was finished? Everybody in the team contributed massively. Look what Monaco did at the back. Arsenal were obsessed with going down the middle, and there was no variation. They kept driving at Monaco, right into their hands."

Arsenal 1-3 Monaco

What a task ahead for Arsenal. They need to go to Monaco and score three goals to have a chance of progressing. The problem? Monaco have not conceded three goals in a single game at home all season...

Arsenal 1-3 Monaco

Phil McNulty

BBC Sport chief football writer at Emirates Stadium

"Hammer blow does not cover that. After grasping at a flimsy lifeline Arsenal still managed to concede another goal in typical fashion - possession conceded cheaply, all caught forward and Per Mertesacker too slow to make a recovery.

"Arsenal looked to have been handed a favourable draw compared to other Premier League teams but this was a staggeringly inept display."

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Former Arsenal and England centre-back Martin Keown

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Monaco celebrate their opening goal against Arsenal
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"I'm absolutely stunned. That's as good performance from Monaco as I've ever seen anyone come here and deliver in the Champions League. They were so robust in defence and had so much speed on the break. Oxlade-Chamberlain looked like he was carrying the fight for Arsenal but that sucker punch at the death has sent Wenger storming off down the tunnel."

FULL-TIME

Arsenal 1-3 Monaco

All over and a cruel finish for Arsenal as they concede that late third which probably does enough to send Monaco into the quarter-finals.

Arsenal 1-3 Monaco

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Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco celebrates
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"Absolutely stunning. Arsenal guilty of such exuberance, giving the ball away and being punished yet again on the break. Ospina should have saved that, but what a run from Ferreira-Carrasco. Arsenal guilty of such naivety."

GOAL

Arsenal 1-3 Monaco - Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco

Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco tucks away Monaco's third
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Ah the jubilation is short-lived as Arsenal are hit while they try to grab a late equaliser. Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco racing through after Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain gives the ball away and he finishes emphatically. Silence around the ground.

YELLOW CARD

Arsenal 1-2 Monaco

Joao Moutinho picks up a yellow card for Monaco. Is there enough time for Arsenal to grab a late equaliser? Two minutes of injury time left.

Arsenal 1-2 Monaco

Former Arsenal and England centre-back Martin Keown

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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scores for Arsenal
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"Oxlade-Chamberlain took the ball on the edge of the box, had presence of mind, steadied himself and bent it into the corner. What a fantastic finish. That's what Arsenal need, that sort of personality and character. That's when character is shaped, on nights like tonight."

GOAL

Arsenal 1-2 Monaco - Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain scores for Arsenal
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Just what Arsenal need! They snatch a late, late goal as a clearing header is pounced on by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and he curls a fine effort into the top corner from the edge of the area. A lifeline.

Arsenal 0-2 Monaco

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain tries to get into the Monaco area again but runs inot a wall of players. Monaco then take advantage of the Gunners pushing players up to support attacks as Yannick Ferreira-Carrassco races away on the counter, but his shot lacks conviction.

Arsenal 0-2 Monaco

Former Arsenal and England centre-back Martin Keown

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"If it stays like this, this will be one of Arsene Wenger's most disappointing nights in the Champions League. It's against his former club and there was such expectancy on Arsenal tonight. They were expected to win this comfortably. Such a turnaround.

"Now, Arsenal will be fighting to remain in this competition. We started the evening asking whether Arsenal would be an outside bet to win this Champions League. Now it's the reverse.

"It will be a big test for Wenger to get belief back into this group to see if they can get something in Monaco in the second leg. It would be one of his best ever results if Arsenal get through to the next round."