Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has made two changes to the side that beat Crystal Palace 2-1 as he recalls defenders Hector Bellerin and Kieran Gibbs for the Champions League last-16 first leg against Monaco.
Gibbs returns to the line-up having seen Nacho Monreal given a prolonged run in the first team, but the Spaniard drops to the bench as Wenger decides to give the English defender another run out. Chambers also drops to the bench, with the pacey Bellerin returning to right-back.
There is also a return to the bench for fit-again midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who has been absent since mid-December after suffering a groin injury in the 4-1 win over Newcastle. He joins Theo Walcott and January signing Gabriel Paulista among the substitutes.
The players Arsenal nearly signed
The players Arsenal nearly signed
1/7 Harry Kane
Arsenal supporting Harry Kane was on the books at Arsenal but aged eight was allowed to leave, making his breakthrough season at local rivals Tottenham all the more harder to take.
2/7 Zlatan Ibrahimovic
A fee had been agreed for the then 19-year-old but then Wenger requested that the Swede play in a trial match. The mercurial striker replied he didn't 'do auditions' and went on to win league titles with every club he ever played at.
3/7 Didier Drogba
Now a Chelsea legend, Wenger revealed that he could have signed the Ivorian for just £100,000 when the striker was playing for Le Mans. Drogba was watched many times before eventually being overlooked.
4/7 Angel Di Maria
Wenger had the chance to sign Angel Di Maria for absolutely nothing when the Argentinian was a 17-year-old. But work permit issues got in the way and he ended up at Manchester United for £59.7, via Benfica and Real Madrid.
5/7 Yaya Toure
With his brother Kolo at the club at the time, the Ivorian featured for Arsenal in a friendly against Barnet. But work permit issues got in the way and the winner of multiple African player of the year awards eventually ended up at Barcelona and then Manchester City.
6/7 Cristiano Ronaldo
The three-time winner of the Ballon d'Or was apparently shown around Arsenal's training camp at London Colney and even given a shirt with his name on the back. But Manchester United stole in after seeing Ronaldo rip them apart during a friendly with Sporting Lisbon.
7/7 Petr Cech
Arguably the most consistent goalkeeper ever to play in the Premier League was heavily scouted by Arsenal but when the possibility of signing him from Sparta Prague was raised work permit issues got in the way. Cech also claims that Arsenal's chief scout at the time had reservations about his ability.
The Gunners have never faced the French side in a competitive encounter, although Monaco did beat the Premier League club 1-0 in a pre-season friendly at the Emirates Cup where Radamel Falcao headed in the winner.
With Falcao now at Manchester United on a season-long loan, it’s up to former Tottenham striker Dimitar Berbatov to trouble his old rivals.
The Bulgarian talked up the beautiful football that Arsenal play during the week, but he leads a side that is missing a number of key players through injury.
Left-back Layvin Kurzawa, winger Yannick Ferreira Carrasco and midfielder Bernardo Silva have all failed late fitness tests, meaning that manager Leonardo Jardim has had to make three changes to the side that beat Nice 1-0 at the weekend.
In come defenders Elderson and Almamy Toure with Nabil Dirar starting in midfield, and the Gunners will be wary of the talents of 34-year-old Berbatov as well as Portuguese midfielder Joao Moutinho. Kurzawa, Ferreira Carrasco and Silva are all named on the bench, but have serious doubts about there fitness should they be needed.
Arsenal: Ospina; Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs; Coquelin, Cazorla; Ozil, Sanchez, Welbeck; Giroud.
Subs: Szczesny, Gabriel, Monreal, Chambers, Rosicky, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Walcott
Monaco: Subasic, Elderson, Wallace, Abdennour, Touré, Fabinho, Moutinho, Kondogbia, Dirar, Martial, Berbatov.
Subs: Stekelenburg, Kurzawa, Diallo, Matheus, Silva, Traoré, Ferreira Carrasco
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