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Paul Scholes unhappy with Mesut Ozil after half-time shirt swap

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Paul Scholes was unhappy with Mesut Ozil last night after the German international was seen swapping shirts at half-time during Arsenal's Champions League exit.

The Gunners fought back valiantly last night to claim a 2-0 win against Monaco, however they exited the competition on away goals having gone down 3-1 in the first leg at the Emirates Stadium.

Comeback

Olivier Giroud got Arsenal's first goal of the night in the first-half while Aaron Ramsey set up a tense finish but it wasn't enough as Arsene Wenger's side continued their run of failing to make the quarter-finals since 2010.

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While Arsenal went down fighting, Scholes was less than impressed with Ozil, who had a quiet night at the Stade Louis II. He swapped shirts with Monaco midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia after the first 45 minutes was up, which incurred the wrath of the former Manchester United midfielder.

Unhappy

"I don't like it. At the end of the game, maybe," said the ITV pundit." But still I'm not a big fan then. "You do it that once you're in the tunnel or in the dressing room, out of the way of everyone. At half-time, it's not for me."

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The incident mirrored former Gunner Andre Santos' attempts to swap shirts with Robin van Persie during Arsenal's game against Manchester United, for which he was heavily criticised. 

Swap

However Ozil's shirt-swap will be the least of Wenger's worries after his side fell just short in the Champions League yet again. Arsenal have made it into the Champions League in each of the Frenchman's 18 seasons in charge in north London but is yet to win the the competition and has made the final once, in 2006.

Their exit mirrors previous performances in Europe's leading club competition, and defender Laurent Koscielny admits that Arsenal need to start stringing together performances rather than trying to mount improbably comebacks.

"We say same thing every year," he said. "Our first game is catastrophic. We have to put it right… play well in two games".

Opinion

Arsenal's win over Monaco and exit from the Champions League was painfully predictable; every year they seem to suffer a catastrophic defeat before rallying only to fall just short.

Given that Wenger guides the Gunners to the Champions League every season yet has learned so few lessons, it's hard to escape the feeling that a year out of the top four may well do them some good.

How frustrating was watching Arsenal's Champions League exit last night? 

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