How Twitter reacted to Arsenal’s Champions League exit
Arsenal fought bravely against Monaco at the Stade Louis II but their 2-0 victory was not enough to progress to the quarter-finals of the Champions League.
Social media was therefore understandably awash with comment throughout the match, with some memorable highlights coming via Twitter, as ever.
Here are some of the best Tweets from another Arsenal near-miss.
In the build-up to the game, the statisticians were out in force to showcase just why the Gunners were facing their very own mission highly-improbable.
1 – Only once in European Cup history has a team lost a first leg by 2+ goals at home and still progressed (Ajax v Benfica, 1969). Ask.
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 17, 2015
The numbers certainly did not make for pleasant reading if you were a Gooner…
Thankfully the BBC were on hand to present some rather alarming stats in a scale and form that was all kinds of wrong…
— Match of the Day (@BBCMOTD) March 17, 2015
Monaco, meanwhile, appeared to be keeping tabs on the opposition as they arrived at the Principality club.
Finally, the game actually started and, with U2 watching on in the stands, it was looking like Arsenal could be in for a “Beautiful Day.”
Apologies for that – I will leave the puns to the masters…
— Ladbrokes (@Ladbrokes) March 17, 2015
Eventually, after several great opportunities the Gunners did get the breakthrough and a million Arsenal supporters were suddenly like…
The half-time numbers certainly made for much better reading than any of the pre-match amble too.
Monaco 0-1 Arsenal HT: Arsenal have had as many shots on target (4) in the first half as they managed in the whole of the first leg #MONvAFC
— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) March 17, 2015
Some were more focused on Mezut Ozil’s shirt-swapping antics at half-time though, with The Independent keen to highlight Clive Tyldesley’s feelings on the matter.
Others drew parallels with a Liverpool misfit…
Ozil swapped his jersey at halftime. He better be out on the front pages tomorrow morning like Balotelli was pic.twitter.com/c2rQLAHwlC
— Marco Messina (@Marcocalcio22) March 17, 2015
Telegraph readers, meanwhile, could not give a toss, according to a poll.
Once the game reconvened, Arsenal were back on the offensive.
In fact, they were creating chances left, right and centre, which is apparently what they have done for much of the past month.
Chances created since 1st February 2015: Ozil – 21 Giroud – 13 Cazorla – 12 Alexis Sanchez – 8 Ramsey – 8
— Arsenal News (@__arsenal_news_) March 17, 2015
Finally they were rewarded with a second goal, courtesy of Aaron Ramsey that set up a tense finish.
At this point, Dimitar Berbatov had been hauled off and was far from happy that the Gunners had scored again, as this stunning portrait demonstrates.
— John G Byrne (@fustar) March 17, 2015
He need not have worried too much though with Arsenal guilty of delivering one too many below par crosses.
In the end though, it was not enough as both Olivier Giroud and Alexis Sanchez spurned chances, with the Chilean coming in for his fair share of flack on Twitter.
When you look for Sanchez in the highlights https://t.co/3ru7qudcTp
— Kristian vS Hæhre (@vonstrenginho) March 17, 2015
The final, damning word must go to Sky Sports News though, who highlighted Arsenal’s sheer dominance of Monaco over the two legs.
Oh and Piers Morgan was not a happy bunny.
For a change.
We’ve come 3rd or 4th in PL for last 10yrs & failed to reach QF stage of CL for last 5yrs. ZERO improvement. #afc
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) March 17, 2015
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