Monaco’s 3-1 win over Arsenal at the Emirates will go down as one the worst results in Arsene Wenger’s long reign.
When the draw for the latter stages of the Champions League was made, Wenger would have been delighted with facing his former side instead of some of the bigger names in the competition.
In fact, many assumed that Arsenal would progress with ease from the last-16 of the tournament and reach the quarterfinals of the competition for the first time in several years.
However, it proved to be a nightmare night for the Gunners as a whole host of bad performances, mistakes and some luck for Monaco saw the Ligue 1 side run out eventual 3-1 winners and leave Arsenal with a monumental job to do in order to progress in the return leg in France.
|Competition||Goals||Total Scoring Att||Goals Conceded||Clean Sheet||Appearances|
|Schalke 04||Champions League||9||94||16||1||7|
|Bayer 04||Champions League||8||104||4||3||7|
Looking at the statistics from before last night’s game, they further highlight the shock factor of the defeat. Before Wednesday’s encounter, Monaco had scored just four goals in the competition, the lowest scorers of the teams remaining. In fact, even after last night’s three-goal haul, they remain the lowest.
Elsewhere, they have been short in all areas of attack, registering just 56 scoring attempts prior to their Emirates trip, with the 10 they managed in midweek still leaving them bottom of the pile.
Having said that, perhaps the Gunners should not have been surprised given their opponent’s fine defensive record. While Monaco have been poor in attack, their defence is one of the strongest in Europe, with them having conceded just once prior to last night and remaining level with Real Madrid for goals conceded after tasting success in north London. As a result, they’re also equal on the number of clean sheets.
So then, the attacking statistics show Monaco’s three goals last night were a shock, to say the least. However, their defensive record is enviable and means Arsenal face a tough task in the return leg on March 17.