A LEAGUE OF CHAMPIONS: THE PATH TO WINNING THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE by Uche
Not content with knocking Arsenal out of the Champions League on away goals, the Monaco boss Leonardo Jardim rubbed salt into the wounds by accusing Arsene Wenger and the Gunners of showing a lack of respect to his team. As reported by Sky Sports, the Portuguese coach was referring to the game at the Emirates where he felt that we took victory fro granted and then Wenger did not shake his hand after the final whistle.
Arsene Wenger was never going to be happy to see his Arsenal side go out of the Champions League at the hands of his former club Monaco. If they had been the better team over the two legs, however, I sense that he would have found it easier to take.
There were a few decent candidates among the Arsenal team for Man of the Match, with Ramsey, Welbeck, Alexis and Ozil giving Monaco a real fright and Coquelin and the defenders doing well to give our attackers the platform, but the little Spaniard stood out for me. The others made mistakes and were caught on the ball as were the full backs but we had to gamble so it is understandable.
As was talked about the TV pundits, this Champions League exit for Arsenal came at the same stage of the competition than the last four seasons. But they were also right in saying that this one was the most painful for fans and players alike because we were all so confident of getting past Monaco.
It was a tough start for Arsenal as Monaco began well and for the first 10 minutes or so, it was the home side that looked more likely to score. But we had not thrown all caution to the wind and defended well befoe gradually getting a grip on the game.
Arsene Wenger has made a few changes to the Arsenal starting line-up that blew West Ham away at the weekend but none of them is much of a surprise. What is a surprise is our under fire German centre back Per Mertesacker keeping his place despite the Brazilian Gabriel having come back early from injury and travelling with the squad to Monaco. Bellerin comes in for Chambers at right back.
Boom, boom, boom, all guns blazing! by K.M.
Champions league football tonight folks! How’ve you been? Do you feel excited about tonight? Arsenal are already almost out of the tournament with both feet and yet you can’t seem to brush of the positivity that is coming for tonight’s game.