Arsenal vs Monaco match preview: When does the Champions League tie start? Which team has better odds to win?

A look ahead to Wednesday’s Champions League last 16 fixture at the Emirates

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The two sides have never met in a competitive fixture, but Arsene Wenger is very aware of the French outfit after a seven-year spell in charge on the Riviera helped kick-start his managerial career.

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Since then he’s guided Arsenal to this stage of the competition 15 times in the last 16 years, but they’ve lost at this point for the past four years, something they will be confident they can amend this time around.

The Gunners’ finished runners-up to Borussia Dortmund in the group stage, losing just once and were unbeaten at home. They may well have finished above the German side had it not been for the disappointing 3-3 draw with Anderlecht in early November.

Monaco will head to London in high spirits though as they have lost just two of their last 17 games in all competitions. Leonardo Jardim’s side proved a lot of people wrong after they managed to top a tough group ahead of Bayer Leverkusen, Zenit and Benfica, only losing once in the process.

KICK-OFF: Wednesday, 7.45pm

PAST THREE MEETINGS:

N/A

STATS:

Arsenal's home record against French teams is W5 D3 L2.

The Gunners' have won all four of two-legged ties they’ve played against French opposition.

Arsene Wenger’s side haven’t conceded in three games at home against French teams.

Monaco had the best defensive record in the group stage, conceding just once.

The French side have only lost once in five previous visits to England – a 2-0 reverse at Liverpool FC in the 2004/05 group stage. In their only past trip to London they drew 2-2 at Chelsea FC to book their place in the 2004 final.

However, they have only won four out of 18 away games in the competition since the millennium.

ODDS:

Arsenal to win: 1.53

Monaco to win: 8

Draw: 4.3

TV: Live on Sky Sports 5, Wednesday, 7.45pm

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