Champions League - 1st Leg

Arsenal 1-3 Monaco

By Phil McNultyChief football writer at Emirates Stadium
Dimitar Berbatov
Dimitar Berbatov won only once against Arsenal during his time at Tottenham
  • Berbatov doubles Monaco lead
  • Oxlade-Chamberlain pulls goal back in added time
  • Ferreira Carrasco restores two-goal advantage
  • Arsenal must score at least three in second leg
  • Wenger says Gunners were "suicidal defensively"

Arsenal's hopes of reaching the quarter-finals of the Champions League for the first time since 2010 suffered a stunning blow as they slumped to a shock 3-1 home defeat by Monaco.

The Gunners looked to have been handed a favourable draw but a display that plumbed the depths of incompetence and naivety leaves them facing a last-16 exit once more.

Monaco, resilient at the back and capable of punishing Arsenal's shoddy defence, took the lead in the first half through Geoffrey Kondogbia's deflected shot.

To add insult to injury, former Tottenham striker Dimitar Berbatov added the second just after the break. There was even time for Arsenal to cast away the lifeline substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's stoppage-time goal had given them as they were caught hopelessly on the counter once more as Yannick Ferreira Carrasco added a third goal.

As Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim did a Jose Mourinho-style celebration sprint down the touchline, Arsenal counterpart Arsene Wenger looked crestfallen and no wonder.

This stage has become Arsenal's perennial stumbling block but Wenger would have had high hopes of clearing the hurdle against his former club, even though they had lost only once in their last 17 games.

Geoffrey Kondogbia
Geoffrey Kondogbia gained possession 13 times in the match, more often than any other player on the pitch

But Arsenal were devoid of ideas and when they did create chances they fell to the hapless, and on this night hopeless, Olivier Giroud, who missed every one that came his way.

The eternal optimist Wenger will still believe they can escape from this hazardous position - but they will need to produce something on a different level from this dreadful performance to complete the salvage job.

After a bright opening in which Danny Welbeck threatened and Arsenal had a penalty claim ignored when Wallace appeared to handle, Monaco kept the Gunners at bay in relative comfort.

As Arsenal's frustration grew, Monaco felt confident enough to move forward with increased ambition and the away goal they would have craved came seven minutes before the break.

Welbeck conceded possession and as Joao Moutinho moved forward he found the impressive Kondogbia, whose 25-yard shot took a decisive deflection off Per Mertesacker to leave keeper David Ospina helpless.

Giroud had been presented with Arsenal's best opportunities but time and again the striker failed to hit the target. In the first half he scooped Hector Bellerin's cross over then he turned Alexis Sanchez's cross wide from six yards.

And how Arsenal paid the price for his profligacy and their own defensive naivety as Monaco doubled their lead after 53 minutes. From their own attack, Mertesacker in particular deserted his defensive post leaving Anthony Martial free to set up the unmarked Berbatov, who steadied himself before thumping a finish high past Ospina.

Giroud's night got worse when he somehow tapped a simple finish over the top after keeper Danijel Subasic fumbled Sanchez's shot - and with the fury of Arsenal's fans ringing in his ears, it was a merciful release when he was replaced by Theo Walcott on the hour.

As Emirates Stadium emptied, Oxlade-Chamberlain, on for Francis Coquelin, curled in a goal from 20 yards that at least offered Arsenal some sort of hope for the second leg.

It was typical of how poor they were, however, that they somehow found themselves caught upfield once more to allow the speedy Ferreira-Carrasco to race clear and beat Ospina for what could be the decisive blow.

Olivier Giroud v Dimitar Berbatov
Olivier Giroud's touch map (left) shows his six efforts in the box which all missed the target, while Dimitar Berbatov (right) played deep and netted with his only touch in the area
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's goal draws celebration on Arsenal's bench
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored, sparking some joy on Arsenal's bench but Arsene Wenger looked frustrated
Yannick Ferreira Carrasco
Yannick Ferreira Carrasco, 21, scored his first Champions League goal in stoppage time



Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 13Ospina
  • 39BellerinBooked at 74mins
  • 4Mertesacker
  • 6Koscielny
  • 3Gibbs
  • 34CoquelinBooked at 42minsSubstituted forOxlade-Chamberlainat 68'minutes
  • 19CazorlaSubstituted forRosickyat 81'minutes
  • 23Welbeck
  • 11ÖzilBooked at 87mins
  • 17Sánchez
  • 12GiroudSubstituted forWalcottat 60'minutes


  • 1Szczesny
  • 5Gabriel
  • 7Rosicky
  • 14Walcott
  • 15Oxlade-Chamberlain
  • 18Monreal
  • 21Chambers


Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Subasic
  • 38Touré
  • 13Fortuna dos Santos
  • 5Abdennour
  • 21EchiéjiléBooked at 45mins
  • 7DirarSubstituted forKurzawaat 82'minutes
  • 2Fabinho
  • 22Kondogbia
  • 23MartialSubstituted forBernardo Silvaat 84'minutes
  • 8João MoutinhoBooked at 90mins
  • 9BerbatovSubstituted forFerreira-Carrascoat 75'minutes


  • 3Kurzawa
  • 12de Carvalho
  • 15Bernardo Silva
  • 16Stekelenburg
  • 17Ferreira-Carrasco
  • 25Traoré
  • 34Diallo
Deniz Aytekin

Match Stats

Home TeamArsenalAway TeamMonaco
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Arsenal 1, Monaco 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Arsenal 1, Monaco 3.

  3. Goal!

    Goal! Arsenal 1, Monaco 3. Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco (Monaco) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Bernardo Silva.

  4. Post update

    Attempt saved. Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco (Monaco) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Tomas Rosicky (Arsenal).

  6. Post update

    Layvin Kurzawa (Monaco) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Booking

    João Moutinho (Monaco) is shown the yellow card.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Tomas Rosicky (Arsenal).

  9. Post update

    João Moutinho (Monaco) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  10. Goal!

    Goal! Arsenal 1, Monaco 2. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner following a corner.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by João Moutinho.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Danijel Subasic.

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the top left corner.

  14. Post update

    Attempt saved. Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco (Monaco) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Fabinho.

  15. Booking

    Mesut Özil (Arsenal) is shown the yellow card.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Aymen Abdennour.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Monaco. Bernardo Silva replaces Anthony Martial.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left following a corner.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Monaco. Layvin Kurzawa replaces Nabil Dirar.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Arsenal. Tomas Rosicky replaces Santiago Cazorla.

As It Stood


1Atl Madrid64111431113
4Malmö FF6105415-113


1Real Madrid66001621418
2FC Basel621378-17


2B Leverkusen631274310
3Zenit St Petersburg621346-27


1B Dortmund64111441013


1Bayern Munich65011641215
2Man City62229818
4CSKA Moscow6123613-75


4Apoel Nicosia6015112-111


4NK Maribor6033413-93


1FC Porto64201641214
2Shakhtar Donetsk6231154119
3Ath Bilbao621356-17
4BATE Borisov6105224-223
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