Arsenal fans must 'believe Gunners can overturn deficit' after Supporters Association blasts defeat to Monaco

Arsenal's 3-1 Champions League defeat to Monaco has been labelled an "abject performance" by the Arsenal Independent Supports Association

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Arsenal fans must remain united behind the players as they attempt to put right an "abject performance" in Wednesday night's 3-1 Champions League home defeat to Monaco, according to the chair of the Arsenal Independent Supporters Association.

Television pundits rounded on the Gunners following their loss at the Emirates Stadium in the first leg of their last-16 tie which leaves hopes of qualification to the quarter-finals all but extinguished.

There was also a backlash on social media against manager Arsene Wenger and his team, who again came up wanting when a big performance was needed - with plenty of jeers audible at the final whistle.

Defender Per Mertesacker, who is standing in as captain for the injured Mikel Arteta, hopes Arsenal can produce their own "miracle" night at Stade Louis II to progress, with what would be one of the more notable recoveries in recent European football history.

 

AISA chair Lois Langton feels while supporters have been let down badly, Arsenal still have it within themselves to step up to the challenge for the return trip to Monte Carlo in three weeks' time.

"To say it was a night to forget is an understatement. There isn't really any gloss to put on what was an abject performance. The only positive we can take going into the second leg is that we can't play that badly again," Langton told Press Association Sport.

"I would like to think we didn't take Monaco lightly and view them as an easy tie after recent draws at this stage of the competition. If we did, it backfired spectacularly. Monaco relied on disciplined team work to perfection.

"However, the tie is still not beyond us.

"We so nearly pulled back a 3-1 home defeat against Bayern Munich in 2013, eventually only going out on away goals when all the pundits had already written us off.

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"You would hope that last night's result will provide the proverbial wake-up call and the team will produce the sort of collective attacking display of which we are capable - and that this time we will get the extra goal needed to put us through.

"Also, now is not the time to criticise the players, because the team and supporters need to believe that we can overturn the deficit."

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