As expected, the Gunners came racing out of the blocks at the start of the match and looked to put the Monegasque defence under pressure from the off. Welbeck registered an effort inside the first two minutes, but his shot from the right side of the penalty area was off target. It then took two interventions from Abdennour to repel the English onslaught (4th and 5th mins). With a quarter of an hour gone, however, the visitors began to loosen Arsenal's grip on the game, and Moutinho fired a shot wide on 19 minutes. Arsenal then went close from a 24th minute corner, but Giroud's header whistle past the far post.
"Kondo" with a piledriver
As the half-hour mark passed, Arsenal cranked up the pressure in the final third once again, but it was Moutinho who suddenly found himself in a great position after a swift AS Monaco break. Unfortunately, despite having space for a shot himself, he opted for the pass but could not find Berbatov. With half-time approaching, Sanchez and Moutinho both tried their luck with off-target efforts, before Kondogbia lit the blue touch paper, unleashing a powerful strike that deflected off Mertesacker and flew past Ospina! After forty-five minutes of intense action, AS Monaco held the advantage as they went in at half-time.
Berbatov puts daylight between the sides
The second half started off in similar fashion to the first, but the Gunners suffered a hammer blow as Berbatov put the visitors two goals in front! Fabinho started the move by winning the ball back brilliantly, and then sent Martial running deep into the English half with a fine pass. The French U21 international threaded an intelligent ball through to Berbatov, who slotted the ball past Ospina and into the far corner (53 mins). Despite a shot from Sanchez that was pushed away by Subasic with Giroud putting the rebound over the bar on 55 minutes, AS Monaco were now in control of proceedings and a third goal didn't look out of the question. In the 58th minute, Moutinho produced a masterful flick to play in Martial, who saw his shot deflected behind for a corner. The Portuguese midfielder then struck a half-volley from the edge of the box that flew just over the bar.
Carrasco applies the coup de grace
After coming on in place of Giroud, Walcott forced Subasic into another stop on 66 minutes. The ball came back out to Welbeck, but the Englishman was denied by a great intervention from Wallace, who produced an imperious display in defence. The Moutinho show continued on 71 minutes as the n°8 knocked the ball past Bellerín, but he was tackled in the area. Many of the disappointed Arsenal supporters left the Emirates in the final ten minutes, and were not there to see Oxlade Chamberlain reduce the deficit in the 90th minute. It seemed the Monegasques might be left to regret it, but Carrasco - a 75th minute substitute for Berbatov - had other ideas. Sent clear by Silva, he surged into the penalty area and beat Ospina with a crisp low strike into the far corner! The final score was 3-1 to AS Monaco, and the celebrations began for the 2500 supporters in red and white. Their team might just have made a little bit of history tonight...