Arsenal's big-name players severely lacking against Monaco.


Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck "failed to turn up" against Monaco, says Ray Parlour.

Liverpool legend Jamie Redknapp reckons Arsenal's 3-1 defeat to Monaco at the Emirates could probably be one of Arsene Wenger's most disappointing night in Europe, ever.

And Gunners legend Ray Parlour, says Arsenal's big-name players didn’t turn up on Wednesday night when they faced Monaco at the Emirates.

The French side won 3-1 on the night with former Tottenham Hotspur striker Dimitar Berbatov on the score sheet.

All in all it was a below par performance by the north London club who were highly tipped to progress through to the quarter-finals.

Geoffrey Kondogbia broke the deadlock in the 38th minute and Berbatov made it 2-0 in the 53rd minute.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain reduced the deficit when he fired home for the Gunners in stoppage time but Arsenal eventually conceded the third goal from Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco, rounding up a night to forget for Arsene Wenger.

"It was a real poor result and poor performance," Ray Parlour told The Morning View on Sky Sports News HQ.

"I was hoping to be sitting here saying it was a professional job from Arsenal, being at home, getting the advantage they needed, but on the night they just didn't turn up.

"Credit to Monaco, I thought they set themselves up very well. They're defensively very good. They don't score many goals, so to score three goals was excellent.

"The big players like Ozil, Sanchez and Welbeck didn't turn up. We needed them to dictate the game but they were not in the game at all."

Parlour thought a 2-1 defeat would have been a better result but they gave away a goal which could prove to be a vital one.

"The problem is that they got a bit emotional really and that hit them. The crowd were hoping they could get that second goal and that always happens," Parlour added.

"They wanted to throw bodies forward and try to get back into the game by getting the equaliser and usually on the sucker punch that's what Monaco did on the break.

"Oxlade-Chamberlain, who got the goal, lost the ball in a really key area and straight away Monaco were at their back four.

"I didn't see a desire from (Per) Mertesacker to get across. Centre-halves like Tony Adams and Sol Campbell would have had the desire just to make sure they got something on that ball but it looked like he said, 'have a shot, if you hit it in that far corner you'll probably score a goal'."


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