Ramsey- Arsenal Need to Learn from Monaco Defeat

Arsenal must learn from their Uefa Champions League round-of-16 exit to Monaco, according to Aaron Ramsey.

Ramsey, 24, who came on for Francis Coquelin in the second half at the Stade Louis II, left Arsenal on the brink of a last-8 qualification after doubling Olivier Giroud’s opening strike 11 minutes from time but it was one goal short of requirement.

The Gunners were ousted on away goals owing to their 3-1 defeat in last month’s reverse in London.

Per Mertesacker and Aaron Ramsey after the Welshman's Goal at Monaco. Image: AFP/Getty.
Per Mertesacker and Aaron Ramsey after the Welshman’s Goal at Monaco. Image: AFP/Getty.
“It’s obviously really disappointing again,” he said. “We seem to always give ourselves a hard task from the first game.”

Arsenal have now failed to advance from the last 16 for the past five consecutive seasons- their last win at this stage dating back to 2010 against FC Porto. As a matter of fact, they also lost at home to Bayern Munich in each of the last two season.

“We came really close- that seems to be the story of the last few years. We’ve got to start learning that we need to keep ourselves in the game in the first leg,” the Welsh midfielder continued.

“We did believe that we could come here and qualify. We had chances and on another day we could have scored three, four or five, but it wasn’t to be.

“We can take some positives from (the second leg). It’s not an easy place to come, they’ve proven that with the results they’ve had here. They don’t concede many but we had chances to score.

“We have a game against Newcastle at the weekend and hopefully we can continue this winning run that we’re on.”