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Dismal Champions League display from Arsenal gives Monaco a 3-1 away win

Arsenal have a mountain to climb in their Champions League second leg.

ARSENE WENGER ENDURED a miserable reunion against former club Monaco, as the Ligue 1 side secured a deserved 3-1 first-leg lead in tonight’s Champions League last-16 tie at the Emirates Stadium.

Wenger, who won the French title and the Coupe de France in a seven-year spell at Monaco, saw his current charges put to the sword, as Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco’s late strike put Arsenal on the brink of elimination.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain had given the hosts hope when he curled home a strike deep into stoppage time to make it 2-1, but fellow substitute Ferreira-Carrasco restored Monaco’s two-goal lead on a dark outing for Wenger’s men.

Having survived an early Arsenal onslaught in the sides’ first competitive meeting, Monaco led at the break thanks to Geoffrey Kondogbia’s rather fortuitous strike, which deflected in off Per Mertesacker.

Leonardo Jardim’s men doubled their advantage seven minutes after the interval as former Tottenham striker Berbatov finished off a swift break to put the visitors well in control.

Oxlade-Chamberlain looked to have had the final say when he pulled one back with an impressive strike in added time.

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But Monaco, who were missing Jeremy Toulalan, Ricardo Carvalho and Layvin Kurzawa from the starting XI, were not finished.

Ferreira-Carrasco’s 94th-minute goal deepened Arsenal’s woes further and leaves Wenger’s side in need of a minor miracle at the Stade Louis II in three weeks’ time, with their limp attacking display pointing to a fifth consecutive last-16 exit.

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