Monaco vs Arsenal: Champions League match preview

A look at Arsenal's daunting task in France

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Arsene Wenger returns to the club where he won Ligue 1 and the Coupe de France during a seven-year stint at the Stade Louis II, although he might have hoped for less strenuous circumstances.

With the French side, who languish fourth in Ligue 1, having shell-shocked the Emirates with a 3-1 victory three weeks ago, Arsenal face an uphill task to reach the quarter-finals for the first time since 2010.

The good omen for Gunners’ supporters is that the North London outfit have been victorious on their last six visits to France, and with the side having won their last seven domestic fixtures, they are in flying form ahead of this crunch clash.

KICK-OFF: Tuesday, 19.45pm.

PAST MEETINGS...

Arsenal (Oxlade-Chamberlain) 1-3 (Kondogbia, Berbatov, Carrasco) Monaco, Champions League, February 2015

Arsenal 0-1 (Falcao) Monaco, Emirates Cup, August 2014

ODDS: Monaco 2/1 Draw 12/5 Arsenal 13/10

 

STATS...

If Monaco score tonight, they will have doubled their Champions League goal tally this season (4) in both legs against Arsenal.

Statistically Monaco have the best defence in the tournament, having conceded just twice during the campaign so far.

Despite finishing as Group C winners, Monaco’s 11 point total was two points fewer than Group D runner-up Arsenal.

Arsenal have failed to reach the quarter-finals since 2010.

Seven goals have been scored in the final five minutes of Champions League games involving the Gunners this season.

TV: ITV/ITV HD - 19.45pm

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