The Welshman has been left frustrated by the ‘nearly men’ tag associated with the side because of how close they have come to securing a place in the quarter-finals of the competition every season.
“We thought we had a really good opportunity of qualifying and we gave ourselves a tough test from the first game,” he said.
“We came here and have nearly done it but that seems to be the case every year.”
It’s difficult to pinpoint the precise problem for Arsenal in the Champions League, but this time round they didn’t help themselves with their performance in the first leg against Monaco.
In recent seasons they seem to have given themselves a little too much to do over the course of European ties and need to find a way to make life easier for themselves.
Arsenal still have plenty to fight for over the rest of the season, chasing down Manchester City in the Premier League and well placed to retain their FA Cup.
The league title would certainly eradicate the pain of going out of the Champions League, but the back four was much more solid last night and the Gunners breached a defence which has been impressive this year.
It’s frustrating because Arsenal have the talent and the players to go far in Europe and to make a real impact, but they shoot themselves in the foot and leave themselves with a mountain to climb.