Arsenal have it all to do in their UEFA Champions League last-16 tie with Monaco as they succumbed to a 3-1 defeat on Wednesday.
Arsene Wenger endured a miserable reunion against former club Monaco as the Ligue 1 side secured a deserved 3-1 first-leg lead in Wednesday’s UEFA 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, but Monaco, missing Jeremy Toulalan, Ricardo Carvalho and Layvin Kurzawa from the starting XI, were not finished.