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It's the same every year for Arsenal - Ramsey

Aaron Ramsey has lamented Arsenal's Champions League defeat to Monaco, saying that they cannot keep coming up short following a fifth last-16 exit in a row.

The Gunners claimed a 2-0 victory at the Stade Louis II on Tuesday night but crashed out of the tournament on away goals after the 3-1 first-leg defeat at the Emirates.

"It seems to be the story for the last few years: we give ourselves a tough test in the second leg, but we always come really close in the end," Ramsey told Goal after the match. 

"With the amount of chances that we had tonight, the really disappointing thing is that we just couldn't grab one more goal."

Asked if the defeat by Monaco hurt more than previous exits at the first knockout stage, the Wales international told ITV: "I think so.

"We've always played Bayern Munich, Barcelona and teams like that, and no disrespect to Monaco, but we thought we'd have a real good opportunity of qualifying, but we gave ourselves a tough task to do from the first game."

Despite going out of the tournament, Ramsey saw positives in the away win and hopes Arsenal can take the momentum into their domestic run-in, with the club still in the FA Cup and harbouring faint hopes for the Premier League.

"We gave ourselves a tough task again but we came here and did a good job, and came really close," he told reporters.
"We still have the FA Cup to go for. We're in a good position in that. There are still going to be twists and turns in the season, so we just have to concentrate on our games and take advantage of the opportunites that are up for grabs.

"Hopefully the other teams slip up. But we're still on course for a successful season. We can still finish second. There's only one point difference and we have nine games left. If we win all of our remaining games, I'm sure that we can achieve that."

Looking forwards, Ramsey believes that Arsenal have the players to achieve success in the Champions League, despite their chronic inability to reach the quarter-finals.

"The last few years we've come really close to qualifying for the last eight. I think we're really close to having a really good go in this competition. We've gone to Bayern Munich and won, so we're more than capable of beating anyone on their day. 

"It's just a case of being a bit more streetwise over the two games, because that's what has cost us over the last couple of years. We need to learn from our mistakes in the first game. Hopefully we'll get a chance to put that right next year."