Per Mertesacker has conceded that Monaco deserved to beat Arsenal as the Gunners crashed out of the Champions League at the last-16 stage.
Arsene Wenger’s men beat the French outfit 2-0 on the night, with goals coming from Olivier Giroud and Aaron Ramsey.
However, Monaco’s 3-1 win at the Emirates in the first-leg means that Arsenal will not be progressing to the quarter finals of the elite European competition thanks to the away-goals rule.
And speaking after the result, Mertesacker conceded that his team did not deserve to qualify, hailing Monaco as ‘the best team’ over two legs.
He said: “The best team went through. Monaco deserved it because they played much better in the first leg.
“We played well today but it was a massive deficit, and it wasn’t enough tonight. We came here and tried absolutely everything, and when you look at the game we could have scored more than two.
“Monaco deserve it and that’s absolutely fine. They caused a lot of problems away from home. We have to admit that we regret the first game.
“But if we continue to play like that we’ll do well in the FA Cup and the league. But play as badly as we did in the first game and you’re out of the Champions League. Monaco deserved it.”