In today’s news roundup, we’ll provide you with the full match highlights from the 2-0 victory over AS Monaco. Although Arsenal beat the French side, they were unable to salvage enough goals to proceed into the last eight of the Champions League.
Elsewhere, West Ham star Adrian has come out and praised the Arsenal trio of Olivier Giroud, Santi Cazorla and Alexis Sanchez for their sublime skills and versatility in Arsenal’s recent impressive run of form. We’ll give you these and more interesting stories in today’s news roundup.
Highlights and Match Report from the 2-0 win over Monaco.
Goals from Olivier Giroud and Aaron Ramsey were not enough to secure a spot in the quarter finals as Arsenal were knocked out of the Champions League on away goals following a 3-3 aggregate score. After a 3-1 home defeat in the first leg, Arsene Wenger’s side needed to score three unanswered goal to proceed into the quarter finals. It was never meant to be as the Gunners only managed to score two against the French side.
Giroud drove the ball into the roof of the net, scoring the opener from close range in the 36th minute. And despite Ramsey coming off the bench to score the second with 10 minutes left on the clock, the Ligue One side were able to hold on to secure the qualification.
‘Fantastic’ Arsenal trio praised by West Ham star.
Arsenal earned a lot of praise after their 3-0 demolishing of London rivals West Ham United on Saturday afternoon in the Premier League. According to a report on the official website, West Ham’s shot-stopper Adrian has acclaimed the Gunners for their dominant performance.
Although Arsenal were vibrant for the most part, these was nothing to show on the score line. The breakthrough however came right before the stroke of half time when Olivier Giroud scored the opener. Aaron Ramsey and Mathieu Flamini added the second and third respectively during the second half to finish the game 3-0.
The West Ham keeper hailed Olivier Giroud, Santi Cazorla and Alexis Sanchez for their impressive abilities and importance to the team stating:
We’re unlucky to concede a goal just before half time.
Olivier Giroud hit the ball very well but I thought I could have done better. I thought we started the second half well, we put pressure on them. But then they scored the second goal and that was it.
I thought Arsenal played very well, particularly in attack, they have very good players. With Giroud, Alexis Sanchez and Santi Cazorla, they are all fantastic players.
Despite getting knocked out of the Champions League, Arsenal have had an impressive run of form as they won 2-0 against French side AS Monaco.
A lot of positives to draw from our last match against Monaco.
Francis Coquelin reveals secret to his success at Arsenal
Francis Coquelin’s career has taken off since being recalled from a loan spell at Charlton Athletic towards the end of last year due to numerous injury concerns at the club. The French prodigy has now come out to reveal the secret behind his success at the club, as reported by Ouest France.
The 23-year old has grown in stature to earn his place in the starting berth ahead of the experienced Mathieu Flamini in the defensive midfield role. The youngster did not however use the opportunity to thump his chest in praise, as he attributed his success to Arsene Wenger’s instructions and more so his belief in him.
To win the ball back, to play the ball forward quickly [is what Wenger asks me to do]… I am difficult to muscle off, even if I am not huge. I didn’t fare too badly against Fellaini against Manchester United.
After that, I am not really needed in an attacking sense. When you have [Alexis] Sanchez, [Santi] Cazorla, [Mesut] Özil, [Olivier] Giroud, [Theo] Walcott, [Danny] Welbeck in front of you… I am here to take a weight off those guys there.
Given that his career at Arsenal looked all but over just a few months ago, his impressive resurgence will certainly earn him more years at the club.
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