Arsene Wenger saw his old team Monaco get one past Arsenal and nothing in the world would have summed up his disappointment. Crashing to a 3-1 loss at the Emirates left the manager furious. The result left the team needing at least three goals in the return leg, to progress.
Monaco gained three vital away goals in the first leg and this may prove difficult for Wenger and Arsenal. Especially, the late stoppage time goal; a 2-1 defeat couldn’t have been difficult to surmount than the 3-1.
Wenger was furious at the result and even went on to blame the ‘suicidal defending’ after the loss. The manager was aggrieved that the players were mentally not prepared for the first leg. The final goal would have spiked his fury further.
Let’s admit it; the gunners were fancied to beat an injury-hit Monaco, who are fourth in Ligue 1. But, the game followed a sadly familiar pattern and the gunners were left fumbling to pick up positives emerging out of the debacle.
Defence was lethargic, players looked out of sorts and there were a host of players under-performed. Some of the players, in fact, were invisible for most parts of the game.
However, all is not lost for Arsene Wenger and his troops. With all fairness and due regards to Monaco, they still do not have the quality to put it past Arsenal over two legs.
If players can play at half their capabilities and key players pull the strings, it is certainly not beyond the reach of Gunners. Leonardo Jardim, the Monaco manager suggested that the second-half travails of Gunners was something he planned for.
It leaves space for lot of improvement for this Arsenal side. The defence was out of place, the play makers conspicuous and the strikers wary of their finishing. This means, there is so much that can improve in the second leg watch the Football Live Stream here.
Arsenal are always a tough team to handle when pressurized and Monaco may get to see a toughened up Arsenal team in the second leg. And, this is exactly what Wenger want to spruce his team up before the return leg.
It is no secret that Wenger covets Champions League so much. It is one trophy that is missing from his cabinet. For many seasons, Arsenal remained a team that flattered to deceive. Every time they play an opponent they are supposed to beat, Arsenal found a way to lose.
Losing to Monaco in the first leg may prove to be a blessing in disguise for Wenger. He can use this as a platform to ignite his players. Probably, his disappointment at the lackluster defending is just a start.
Wenger could end up playing spoil sport to all the critics by leading Arsenal further in the Champions League. To get one past his old employers, he could use the recent set back as a spring board.