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Monaco 0-2 Arsenal: 5 talking points

Modified 18 Mar 2015, 04:46 IST
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Even a 2-0 away win wasn't enough as Arsenal failed to make the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League for the fifth-straight season. The Gunners needed to win by a three-goal margin to overcome the 1-3 loss they suffered in the first leg at the Emirates Stadium.Olivier Giroud opened the scoring before half time and it looked as though the Gunners had the momentum to go on and get the result they wanted after second half substitute Aaron Ramsey scored to make it two. But try as they might, the visitors couldn't score a third, which meant that Monaco advanced and for the first time since the 2009/10 season, Ligue 1 has two clubs in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.Here are the major talking points from the game:

#1 Deja vu all over again

They say there is nothing sweeter than glory in defeat, for it shows the true mark of one. As good as their performance was in Monaco, you can be sure that the Gunners would have taken a scrappy 1-0 win over two legs and progression into the next round. Instead, just like it happened in AC Milan and Bayern Munich in the past few seasons, Arsenal have gone out and given a fantastic performance when it least mattered.

In football, at least in the latter stages of the Champions League, there is no glory in defeat, only victory. Unfortunately for the Gunners, they have been unable to taste victory in the Round of 16 for the fifth-successive season to the disappointment of their supporters.

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Published 18 Mar 2015, 04:12 IST
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