Arsene Wenger on the bench

Arsene Wenger: Arsenal ‘suicidal defensively’ in Monaco defeat

Arsene Wenger calls the Gunners defended “suicidal” after a crunch encounter against Monaco in the Champions League at the Emirates.

Goals from Geoffrey Kondogbia and Dimitar Berbatov put Monaco in control of the last-16 first-leg tie.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain gave Arsenal hope, but Yannick Ferreira Carrasco added a third for the visitors.

“It is just not right to give goals away the way we did,” said Wenger.

“We missed chances and were suicidal defensively.”

Arsenal must now score at least three goals when the sides meet at Stade Louis II on 17 March if they are to avoid exiting at the last-16 stage for the fifth straight season.

No side has lost a European Cup or Champions League first-leg knockout tie at home by two goals and progressed since Ajax in 1969.

Arsenal’s last-16 woe

2011 v Barcelona Home: 2-1; Away 1-3: Agg: 3-4
2012 v AC Milan Home: 3-0; Away: 0-4; Agg: 3-4
2013 v Bayern Munich Home: 1-3; Away: 2-0; Agg: 3-3 (out on away goals)
2014 v Bayern Munich Home: 0-2; Away 1-1; Agg: 1-3

Wenger warned Monaco, who conceded just once and scored only four goals in their group, would play on the counter-attack.

But his team were caught on the break early in the second half as Berbatov added to Kondogbia’s deflected opener and substitute Ferreira Carrasco netted another breakaway goal in added time.