Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger: Leonardo Jardim has told lies

The Gunners boss has denied that he refused to shake the Monaco manager’s hand after Champions League elimination.

Arsene Wenger has hit back at claims by Leonardo Jardim that the Arsenal boss did not offer to shake his hand after Monaco eliminated the Gunners from the Champions League.

The outspoken Principality boss stated in the aftermath of the game at the St Louis II that the long-serving Emirates Stadium chief did not offer to shake his hand after the Ligue 1 club’s progression to the quarter-finals of Europe’s top tournament.

Wenger has stated that Jardim’s comments were lies and that he waited to shake the former Sporting Lisbon man’s hand but that his opposite number was otherwise distracted.

"Pictures show that I waited to congratulate the Monaco coach after the game,” Wenger told L'Equipe.

“He celebrated his victory with his staff, which I quite understand.

"I congratulated him after the press conference. I am therefore surprised and disappointed to hear such lies.

"That said, I wish Monaco all the best and good luck for the future.”

After losing disappointingly 3-1 at home against Monaco in the first leg of the last 16 tie, Arsenal threatened to stage a remarkable comeback and won the away fixture 2-0 - only to be eliminated on away goals.

Wenger will have conflicting views on the clash given that he was the French club’s head coach for seven years between 1987 and 1994, where he won Ligue 1 and the Coupe de France.

Arsenal’s push to qualify for next season’s Champions League has been boosted by improved domestic form, with the Gunners sitting in third place currently.

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