When Arsenal drew Monaco as its opponent in the final 16 of Champions League play, everyone around the Emirates was ecstatic.
Now after getting bounced from the Champions League, Monaco is accusing the Gunners of taking their opponents too lightly.
[ MATCH RECAP: Monaco 0-2 (3-3) Arsenal ]
Monaco boss Leonardo Jardim called out Arsene Wenger and his side for lacking a bit of respect towards the French side, specifically referencing Wenger’s decision not to shake hands with Jardim following their first matchup in north London.
In the first leg, when I wanted to thank Arsène and shake his hand, it’s true that Arsène didn’t shake my hand, so even though Monaco did everything to make life comfortable for Arsenal tonight, I decided not to thank him.
I think it was disrespectful. Right now, we’re celebrating and we think Arsenal did not show enough respect during the first leg.
Arsenal were really happy to play Monaco as we were supposed to be one of the weakest teams. We qualified from pot four. All the teams in the last 16 wanted to play against Monaco. Maybe Arsenal thought they had qualified already.”
Arsene Wenger has admitted that maybe the Gunners had looked ahead past Monaco, which was seen when they were drubbed 3-1 at the Emirates in the first leg of the matchup. After one of Arsenal’s worst performances of the season, even a 2-0 win away from home yesterday was not enough to advance them into the quarterfinals.
Despite eliminating Arsenal, Jardim’s Monaco side will once again be looked at as one of the weaker teams remaining in the competition. But that could be the position they prefer, as they will look to shock another team in the final eight of Champions League play.