Arsenal paid price for lack of concentration, says Chelsea legend

Former Chelsea midfielder Pat Nevin praises 'brilliant' Arsenal despite their Champions League exit

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

Pat Nevin says Arsenal paid the price for a lack of concentration at The Emirates after the Gunners were eliminated from the Champions League on away goals despite a 2-0 win against Monaco.

Arsene Wenger’s side were tasked with overturning a 3-1 deficit from the first leg after a disastrous 90 minutes in north London, and Olivier Giroud gave Arsenal hope of a comeback with a 35th-minute strike.

Arsenal substitute Aaron Ramsey doubled the away side’s lead on the night with a strike 12 minutes from time, but the 2006 Champions League finalists couldn’t find a third that would have sealed their passage into the last-eight for the first time since 2009.

Despite their exit from Europe’s premier club competition, Nevin felt Arsenal deserved credit for a valiant effort against the Ligue 1 side.

Nevin told BBC Sport: “The default position when a team gets knocked out of Europe is to have a dig, to have a go. But Arsenal did so well tonight.

“They put together a brilliant 90 minutes, getting two goals away from home against a team that doesn’t concede goals. But this is a rarefied atmosphere.

“A lack of concentration at the end of the first leg lost Arsenal this tie.”

Arsenal have been eliminated at the round of last-16 for five successive seasons.

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The Gunners face Newcastle United at St James’ Park in the Premier League on Saturday.

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