Dimitar Berbatov admits 'luck' in defeating Arsenal for Monaco in Champions League

The former Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United striker is pleased to have helped Monaco to the semi-finals.

Just like previous Champions League ties with AC Milan and Bayern Munich, Arsenal have been made to pay for a woeful effort in their first-leg fixture against Ligue 1 outfit AS Monaco.

Arsenal won 2-0 in Monaco yesterday, with goals from Olivier Giroud and Aaron Ramsey taking Arsene Wenger's to the brink, but in the end it was not enough.

Arsenal were dumped out via the away goals rule as they lost the first-leg 3-1, after a shambolic performance at The Emirates.

It is the second time in just over a week that Premier League opposition has been dumped out of the Champions League by a Ligue 1 club, following Chelsea’s defeat to PSG last Wednesday.

One man who would have been extra pleased with the result is former Tottenham Hotspur hero Dimitar Berbatov.

The Bulgarian, who scored in the first leg, did, however, concede an element of luck was to thank for his club’s advancement. He is quoted by Uefa.com as saying:

"We have believed we can do something special. We have good players, our team is very young and we have great talent.

“As you can see we have surprised many people. So we qualify for the next round.

"We fought as a team today. A bit of luck, but I think in the end we deserved to go through to the next phase.”

Berbatov, who played over 100 games and scored 46 goals for Tottenham, was a spectator for most of the game last night as Arsenal dominated proceedings. However, the Gunners could not find the goals needed to take victory away from Monaco.

The hopes of English teams in the competition now rest solely in the hands of Manchester City, who must overturn a 2-1 home defeat to Barcelona in the Nou Camp.

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