The Gunners lost to the Ligue 1 side 1-3 at Emirates on Wednesday evening…
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted his team were mentally weak in their defeat to AS Monaco on Wednesday evening, reports the Daily Star.
The 1-3 loss to the Ligue 1 side leaves the North London club in danger of exiting the Champions League at the last 16 stage for the fifth consecutive season. Many expected the Gunners to end the run when they were drawn against the French club, but dramatically collapsed when the match came to pass.
Arsene Wenger’s side will hope to turn things around at the Stade Louis II stadium in two weeks time in the second leg of the tie. They will need to score at least three goals in order to go through to the next round of the competition.
The 65-year-old said: “It was a horrible night as you said but congratulations to Monaco. It was an awful night. We got both aspects wrong – the chances we didn’t create and the defending was suicidal.
He added: “We were not sharp enough to get into this game and we paid for it. Monaco are strong physically but we still missed the chances. Our weakness was mentality – we rushed our game and we paid for it. We cannot afford that.”