Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says Monaco did not deserve their place in the Champions League quarter-finals after failing to register a shot on target in the second leg of their tie.
The Ligue 1 side advanced on away goals after beating Arsenal 3-1 at Emirates Stadium before losing 2-0 in Monaco.
Asked if Monaco deserved to progress, Wenger said: “I don’t believe so.
“If you look at the number of shots on target they had you will be surprised. Every defeat hurts but we didn’t lose.”
Wenger’s comments contrasted with those of captain Per Mertesacker.
The German World Cup winner said: “The best team went through. Monaco deserved it because they played much better in the first leg.
“We came here and tried absolutely everything. We could have scored more than two. We regret the first game.”
Needing to score at least three unanswered away goals, the Gunners went ahead through Olivier Giroud’s close-range finish.
Aaron Ramsey came off the bench to score late on, but Monaco held on.
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