Arsenal had to be content with the ‘plucky losers’ tag after crashing out of the Champions League to Monaco on the away goals rule.
Trailing 3-1 from the first leg, Arsenal had to score at least three goals to give themselves any sort of chance. No club in 46 years had lost a European Cup or Champions League first leg by two goals at home and still gone through.
The Gunners opened the scoring on 34 minutes when Olivier Giroud – slated for his performance in the first leg – got the run of the ball to smash home from eight yards out.
Arsenal added a second 11 minutes from the end when Aaron Ramsey slotted home just seconds after Walcott hit the post. But despite incessant Arsenal pressure Monaco held firm and are through to the quarter finals for the first time since 2004. For Arsenal, it’s a fifth straight season without making the last eight.