Per Mertesacker spoke with the press immediately after Arsenal’s elimination from the Champions League.

Giving credit to Moanco, the stand-in captain bemoaned Arsenal’s inability to score more but twice said that the French side deserved to go through, mostly because of what they did in the first leg, a game Per will most likely want to forget about as soon as possible.

Highlighting how a side in the Champions League only needs to have one bad game to get knocked out, it’s a lesson Arsenal should really know by now.

Here’s what he had to say:

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