We all sat down last night to watch what we thought would be a stroll in the park for Arsenal after having drawn tiny Monaco in the last-16 of the Champions League, and what we got instead was a lesson in complacency as the Principality side with we might add Prince Albert in attendance taught Arsenal a lesson in how to defend and attack on the break.
Monaco despite being without several key players made the Emirates their own last night scoring first when Geoffrey Kondogbia’s deflected shot left Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina rooted to the ground.
Down 1-0 at the break Arsenal fans still had hope that Wenger would give the players a stiff talking to at half-time and that the team would come back on the pitch eager to play at a pace they had shown us they were capable off in the first five minutes of the game.
The excitement did not last long however after a dreadful mistake be Per Mertesacker left Arsenal in a two on one situation that saw the 34-year-old former Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov calmly fire home a shot to prove that the Bulgarian hit man still had it in him.
There was a glimmer of hope for Arsenal late on when substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain pulled one back for the Gunners to make it 2-1, but that was soon dashed when Yannick Ferreira Carrasco added a third goal for the visitors to seal Arsenals fate with an almost impossible task facing them on the return leg at the Stade Louis II on St Patricks Day.