Ferreira Carrasco: My goal's left Arsenal with it all to do

The Belgian winger netted in the dying seconds in north London to put Monaco in complete control of their last-16 tie

Yannick Ferreira Carrasco is relishing how his debut Champions League goal for Monaco has left Arsenal with a mountain to climb in the second leg.

Despite being the seeded side going into the last-16 tie and boasting a defence that had been breached just once during the group stage, Leonardo Jardim’s side were expected to struggle against the third-placed team in the Premier League.

However, Geoffrey Kondogbia and Dimitar Berbatov helped Monaco into a 2-0 lead and, even though Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain pulled a goal back for the Gunners in the closing stages, Ferreira Carrasco broke away in the dying seconds to put the seal on a stunning away win for the Ligue 1 side.

“It’s my first goal in the Champions League,” the winger told his club’s official website. “It made me feel great because I do not score often. 

“But this is a victory that made the whole team feel good. Because we have a two-goal advantage now, it will be more difficult for Arsenal to come back.”

Midfielder Nabil Dirar was just as enthused by Monaco’s shock win in north London, but warned that the tie is far from decided.

“We could not have got a better result here,” the midfielder added. “We had a little luck but we claimed a great win for Monaco.

“Qualification for the quarter-finals is not yet sorted, though. We must stay focused and certainly not underestimate this Arsenal team.”

The return leg at the Stade Louis II takes place on Tuesday March 17.

Vasilyev: Monaco proved to the media we're not dead

The Russian says the 3-1 triumph at the Emirates is the perfect riposte to those that said the Ligue 1 outfit would collapse this season

Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev says Wednesday’s Champions League victory at Arsenal has silenced the media that tried to kill the club’s project.

After finishing as runners-up in Ligue 1 last season, Monaco offloaded their two most prized possessions – James Rodriguez was sold to Real Madrid for around €80 million and Radamel Falcao was allowed to join Manchester United on loan.

With club president Dmitry Rybolovlev tightening the purse strings after successive summers of lavish spending, some pundits predicted a dramatic dip in Monaco’s fortunes.

However, while they have failed to launch a Ligue 1 title bid this season, they now have one foot in the quarter-finals of the Champions league after a shock 3-1 win over Arsenal in the first leg of their last-16 tie at the Emirates.

“We have given an answer to all those who do not believe in our project,” Vasilyev told the club’s official website. “In particular the media, who claimed the project was dead from the beginning of the season.

“I am proud for the team, for our coach. I am also very happy for the club president and for Prince Albert II of Monaco. They lived this incredible moment. 

“The success of this evening is a great reward for the president who has given a lot.”

Monaco, who currently sit fourth in Ligue 1, will host Arsenal at the Stade Louis II for the second leg on March 17.

Vasilyev: Monaco proved the media we're not dead

The Russian says the 3-1 triumph at the Emirates is the perfect riposte to those that said the Ligue 1 outfit would collapse this season

Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev says Wednesday’s Champions League victory at Arsenal has silenced the media that tried to kill the club’s project.

After finishing as runners-up in Ligue 1 last season, Monaco offloaded their two most prized possessions – James Rodriguez was sold to Real Madrid for around €80 million and Radamel Falcao was allowed to join Manchester United on loan.

With club president Dmitry Rybolovlev tightening the purse strings after successive summers of lavish spending, some pundits predicted a dramatic dip in Monaco’s fortunes.

However, while they have failed to launch a Ligue 1 title bid this season, they now have one foot in the quarter-finals of the Champions league after a shock 3-1 win over Arsenal in the first leg of their last-16 tie at the Emirates.

“We have given an answer to all those who do not believe in our project,” Vasilyev told the club’s official website. “In particular the media, who claimed the project was dead from the beginning of the season.

“I am proud for the team, for our coach. I am also very happy for the club president and for Prince Albert II of Monaco. They lived this incredible moment. 

“The success of this evening is a great reward for the president who has given a lot.”

Monaco, who currently sit fourth in Ligue 1, will host Arsenal at the Stade Louis II for the second leg on March 17.

Arsenal have individuals but Monaco are a team – Jardim

The Portuguese coach believes his side got the balance spot on in their win at the Emirates – but says it was not their most important of the season

Leonardo Jardim says Monaco’s team ethic was key to their shock 3-1 Champions League win away to Arsenal in the first leg of their last-16 tie on Wednesday.

Geoffrey Kondogbia’s deflected strike put the Ligue 1 side in the lead before Dimitar Berbatov doubled their advantage, and though Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain pulled back a late goal, Yannick Ferreira Carrasco struck a third in the dying moments.

Jardim praised his side for nullifying the threat of the Gunners’ attacking stars – but says the victory was not the most important of their season so far.

“It’s not our biggest Champions League win. We also beat Zenit and [Bayer] Leverkusen. The one in Germany was most important as it allowed us to qualify for the second round,” he told reporters after the match.

“Arsenal were very strong in the first half and then they suffered a little. In the first half, we were very strong defensively and then took advantage of the spaces.

“Arsenal have excellent individuals, but this is a team sport and we were able to render them harmless. We were very organised, but also able to attack with quality.

“Nobody thought this was possible, and we did it. But the task in the second leg still remains.

“We’ve won nothing yet, we just took an advantage. Football is also art – you have to know how to attack, how to defend. My team is very balanced.”

Jardim reserved special praise for the all-round efforts of Berbatov – a player who has attracted criticism throughout his career for his languid style.

“In terms of positioning and defensive work, Berbatov was tremendous,” he added.

'We were suicidal defensively' – Wenger bemoans 'horrible' night for Arsenal

The Gunners were made to pay for a lack of organisation at the back and their boss admitted they have a mountain to climb if they are to reach the quarter-finals


Arsene Wenger described his side’s defending as “suicidal” after Arsenal slumped to a 3-1 defeat at home to Monaco on Wednesday.

Goals from Geoffrey Kondogbia, Dimitar Berbatov and Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco secured a convincing win for the Ligue 1 outfit despite Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s late strike.

The result leaves the Gunnners’ Champions League hopes hanging in the balance, with the north London outfit needing to score three times in the second leg to have any chance of progressing to the quarter-finals.

Wenger admitted his side did not defend well enough, though he did praise his former side’s organisation.

He told Sky Sports: “It was a horrible night but congratulations to Monaco. They fought, defended very well and caught us on the break.

“We had both aspects wrong. We had the chances we didn’t take and we were suicidal defensively. We knew at half-time it was important to keep our nerve.

“We are very guilty. At 2-1 how can we, with one minute to go, leave open the whole half?

“We controlled the game quite well. With their first shot on goal they scored. Everything went for them tonight.

“On top of that you see as well why Monaco have done well in the group stage. They’re very well organised and physically very strong.”

Despite the defeat, the Frenchman refused to rule out his team’s chances of reaching the last eight of the competition – a feat they have not managed in the past four seasons.

But Wenger was under no illusions as to the magnitude of the task ahead after a showing that was not of the required standard.

“The task is massive now,” he added. “The third goal makes it even more difficult. We’ll have a go of course and see what we can do there.

“It’s very, very disappointing but the Champions League is down to performance on the day and when you don’t perform at the level that is required for 90 minutes you’re punished.

“We knew before the game they absorb you and get you on the break. What happened? Exactly that.”