Wenger: What I said to UEFA official tonight
Arsene Wenger feels that Arsenal were hard done by in France.
The Gunners bowed out of the Champions League round of 16 for the fifth straight year after being on the wrong end of the away goals rule.
According to the Arsenal boss though, his side could have won 3-0 and progressed to the quarter-finals of the competition on another day.
Svein Oddvar Moen, who was the man in charge, ignored an Arsenal shout for a penalty-kick before booking Alexis Sanchez in a contentious decision during the first half.
Sanchez later escaped a potential sending off in the second-half after a tackle but Wenger was not afraid to let the Norwegian referee know about his thoughts during the break.
“I felt the referee had a very poor first half personally.” Wenger said
“I just told him that I was not happy with some decisions.”
Another thing the Gunners boss was not afraid to do was congratulate Leonardo Jardim’s side who defended in numbers in both matches. But Wenger insists that Arsenal lost the tie after losing their cool when Kondogbia gave Monaco that surprise 1-0 lead in the first leg.
“We had a good game tonight, but no luck. Congratulations to them, but we are having quite a positive series going on.” he added
“People over analysed the match in a positive way, because if you look at the starts again they did not dominate the game, but played really well on the counter and were not cautious enough. After the first goal we were not patient enough.”