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Paul Merson suggests Arsenal fans to blame for Champions League exit

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Arsenal legend Paul Merson has risked upsetting the north London club's supporters after intimating that the Gunners fans are accountable for their side's surprise Champions League exit this week.

Arsene Wenger's team crashed out against AS Monaco on away goals at the last 16 stage, despite recording an impressive 2-0 victory at Stade Louis II on Tuesday night.

The 3-1 defeat at the Emirates Stadium in the first leg proved to be too big a deficit for Arsenal to claw back, and as was suggested on the evening Yannick Ferreira Carrasco's stoppage time strike proved to be decisive in sending the Ligue 1 outfit through to the quarter-finals.

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With the opening tie tentatively poised at 2-1 in the visitors' favour, Arsenal threw everything at their opponents in search of an equalising goal after being urged by the onlooking spectators to attack.

In doing so they left themselves susceptible on the counter, and Wenger's misery was made even worse when Leonardo Jardim's side doubled their advantage with almost the last kick of the game.

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Merson says that the Gunners naivety proved to be their eventual downfall and stated in no uncertain terms that the incompetent performance in the home leg is what ensured the Premier League outfit's wait for a place in the last eight of Europe's elite club competition for the first time since 2010 will go on for another year.

"When it was 2-1 in the first leg, instead of shutting up shop and putting it down to one of them days, the fans started shouting 'attack, attack, attack'," explained the retired midfielder turned pundit on Sky Sports News HQ.

"When you look at it now, they are not a very good team, Monaco, and Arsenal will be disappointed. Arsenal lost it in the first leg.

"No disrespect to Monaco, but we can see they are not a very good team. Whoever gets them in the next round will be pleased."

Arsenal for Cavani

Paris Saint-Germain have contacted several clubs over a possible summer deal for Edinson Cavani, with Arsenal believed to be interested in the Uruguay international's signature.

The striker has had a torrid time in Paris since arriving from Napoli in 2013, and could be afforded a chance to revitalise his career at the Emirates Stadium.

Mesut Ozil promise

Mesut Ozil is adamant his only focus is working tirelessly to make a success of his £42.4 million move to Arsenal, which means there's no chance of the Germany international returning to the Bundesliga anytime soon.

The Gunners playmaker has shown glimpses of a return to his best form at the Emirates Stadium in recent weeks, but he'll have to maintain his current level to justify Arsene Wenger's hefty outlay for his signature.

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