“No disrespect to Monaco,” but loss to French opponent really hurts Aaron Ramsey

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Aaron Ramsey’s late goal gave Arsenal fans hope that their club would overcome their awful first leg against Monaco, but fate proved to be a cruel mistress in the Gunners’ away goals elimination from the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday.

Arsenal trailed 3-1 heading into France, but goals from Giroud and Ramsey had the Gunners one goal away from an unlikely advancement.

It never came.

[ MATCH RECAP: Monaco 0-2 (3-3) Arsenal ]

Ramsey feels despondent after the loss, crushed that Arsenal again couldn’t pull itself out of a first leg hole. And it’s sticking in his craw that Monaco knocked them out, not Barcelona or Bayern Munich.

Because when you say “no disrespect” you’re often about say something disrespectful.

From Arsenal.com:

“We’ve always played teams like Bayern Munich and Barcelona,” the midfielder said. “No disrespect to Monaco, but I thought we’d have a really good chance of qualifying. We were given a tough test from the first game.

“It’s not an easy place to come and their record has shown that. We’ve been full of confidence recently and we knew we could come here and give it a real go to maybe qualify, but we came a bit short in the end.”

Arsenal really could’ve come away with their UCL lives in tact on the boots of Mesut Ozil alone, let alone missed chances from Olivier Giroud and the rest of the Gunners. But they are out at the hands of Arsene Wenger’s old club, and somehow that stings more than losing to a “bigger club.”