Arsenal legend Paul Merson launched a frank assessment of his old club’s exit in the Champions League last-16 round for the fifth year running, claiming that the Gunners should be disappointed in losing to an average Monaco side.
Mission impossible was almost completed in Monaco, but Arsenal’s dominance in the game only raised questions as to how they’ve managed to be eliminated by a team clearly inferior to them.
The third goal in the home leg inevitably cost Arsene Wenger’s men, and Merson believes that the were too naive once Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain had pulled back a goal.
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“When it was 2-1 in the first leg, instead of shutting up shop and putting it down to one of them days, the fans started shouting ‘attack, attack, attack’,” Merson said (via Sky Sports).
“When you look at it now, they are not a very good team Monaco and Arsenal will be disappointed. Arsenal lost it in the first leg.
“No disrespect to Monaco, but we can see they are not a very good team. Whoever gets them in the next round will be pleased.”
For Arsenal, it was once again a case of de ja vu, and serious questions now have to be asked regarding whether or not Arsene Wenger is capable of delivering the Champions League for the club – it’s 18 years and counting.