As expected, Arsenal got a win in France, equalled the tie with two unreplied goals but were knocked out of the UEFA Champions League no thanks to Monaco’s 3rd goal at the Emirates. Goals from Giroud and Ramsey were not enough.
Year in, year out, The Gunners take their fans through the emotional torture of making qualification to the quarter finals difficult by playing wonderfully awful in the 1st leg and raising up the hopes of the fans to the “nearly” moment just like heating water to 98°C always, when you need to get to 100°C.
It is like downloading a large file and it stops at 99%. Arsenal have been kings of return legs in the last 4 round of 16 games.
@optajoe: 4 – Arsenal are unbeaten in their last four CL Last 16 second leg matches (W3 D1) but have been eliminated each time. Heartbreak.
Every year, at same stage, we keep getting heart breaks. Last season, Arsenal lost 3-1 on aggregate to Bayern Munich after Ozil missed a penalty and Szczesny saw red in the 1st leg 2-0 loss at the Emirates.
In 2013, It was Bayern again and it was a replica of this season’s scores and aggregate. We needed one more goal with Giroud scoring the 1st in the 3rd minute and Koscielny scoring the 2nd in the 85th minute.
In 2012, the Gunners lost the 1st leg 4-0 to AC Milan but scored 3 1st half goals in the return leg at the Emirates. The game ended 3-0 with Arsenal needing just one more goal to take the game to extra time.
Tonight’s victory was marred by the 3rd goal conceded at the Emirates. We can live on making all available assumptions and “if-to-say”s. If the penalty was given, if Welbeck has scored, if Giroud’s header had gone, if we had Chamberlain.
Wake up gooners. Think about the next game. The milk is spilt. You can’t scoop it. Newcastle next.
By Chibuzor Amos (AmosCP)
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