Another plucky second leg performance to come, but history shows Arsenal are facing Champions League exit?
Arsenal will have to overcome a two goal deficit to progress to the last 8 of the Uefa Champions League, following their 3-1 defeat to Monaco in the first leg of the last 16 tie at the Emirates Stadium last night.
History isn’t on Arsenal’s side in losing a home leg by two goals and still progressing to the next round in Europe’s premier club competition.
The last side to achieve that feat in were Ajax way back in 1969.
Ajax lost 3-1 at home to Benfica in the first leg of their European Cup quarter-final, before winning by the same score in Lisbon.
There were no penalty kicks to decide the outcome of matches in those days.
The sides met again with Ajax winning 3-0 after extra time.
Arsenal came close to emulating Ajax against Bayern Munich two years ago.
Losing the first leg of their last 16 tie with Bayern Munich at the Emirates Stadium 3-1, before winning 2-0 in Germany and exiting on the away goals rule.
Arsenal have been consistent in exiting at the last 16 stage for the last four years, with the damage being done in losing the first leg in three of those years.
Last year losing 2-0 at home to Bayern Munich, before drawing 1-1 in Germany.
In 2011, the Gunners were unable to claw back a 4-0 away loss to AC Milan at the San Siro, despite winning the second leg 3-0 at the Emirates Stadium.
The ultimate motivation for the Arsenal players for the second leg should be in listening to the thoughts of Monaco’s second goalscorer Dimitar Berbatov, saying that his team wanted to win more last night.