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Clean sheet BIGGER than goals for Arsenal v Monaco?

When you listen to what Arsene Wenger said in his Arsenal press conference ahead of the visit of the first club he managed tomorrow, there is the distinct impression that the Frenchman is expecting a close run tie. He made the point about how close all these double headed knockout phases have been for the Gunners in recent years, with a single goal or just away goals making the difference.

And the fact that it has always gone against the Gunners in the previous four attempts has clearly got Wenger worried. Arsenal are favourites in the football betting to go through, but as an Arsenal.com report reveals, the boss has emphasised the need for his players to focus for every single minute of the game at the Emirates.

Arsenal boss saving Wilshere? What for?

Some media sources are saying that the Arsenal and England star Jack Wilshere is out of the Gunners squad that will take on Monaco in the first of two legs that we are all hoping will see the club progress to the quarter-finals of the Champions League after four years of falling at the first knockout hurdle.

But that is not what the manager said at all in his pre-match press conference reported by Arsenal.com. The Frenchman was asked why the midfielder did not train and whether he would feature against the French Ligue 1 club at the Emirates stadium tomorrow.

Arsenal SHOULD beware Monaco star’s words and be CAUTIOUS!

In the build up to this Champions League knockout double-header against Monaco, almost all of the talk has been about the Arsenal attack against the Monaco defence. Although both clubs have been in a great run of form, it is clear that their success is based largely on not conceding goals and trying to nick one at the other end.

And the Gunners are famed largely for our creative and attacking prowess, even though we have become stronger defensively this season and last. But if Arsene Wenger and the players go into the clash expecting it to be just one-way traffic with just the odd counter attack, I think we could be in for a shock.

Arsenal form and Monaco injuries suggest GUNNERS GOALS!!

I am sure that all the Arsenal fans have all been made well aware of the excellent record, especially in defence, that our Champions League opponents Monaco will be bringing to north London on Wednesday. Just once conceded from their six group games and just one from their last 11 games in all competitions is worrying for us.

Wenger thinks “emotional” Monaco tie is 50/50 chance

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Arsene Wenger spent seven years at Monaco before being snapped up by Arsenal and has many happy (and sad) memories of his time in the principality. He has admitted he was shocked to be drawn against his old club in the knockout stages – as he expected to get one of the European heavyweights as usual!

“To be honest it was a surprise,” Wenger told UEFA.com. “Because I always expect the most prestigious team to come out against us – that has happened the last five or six years. It’s also one of those strange coincidences in life, because between them these two clubs account for 25 years of my life. That’s very unusual, to meet in the Champions League. It was a little bit of an emotional shock.”

STARK warning about the dangers of Arsenal missing top four!

There is a theory that having no miweek European games whatsoever could be a helping hand for a Premier League title challenge, but Arsenal are highly unlikely to find out, at least not in the next year anyway. It would take a collapse in the order of the England cricket team for the Gunners to finish so low that we do not even get into the Europa League.

But Arsenal simply must continue our fantastic run of qualifying for the Champions League. It is not just that the UCL is a lot more glamorous and more lucrative than it’s less impressive relative either, although that is a big factor and can make the difference between being able to sign the players you really want in the sumer transfer window.

Monaco will be tough but Arsenal are aiming HIGHER

Arsenal have run into a fine sequence of results in the Premier League since the turn of the year, but now it is time to take our thoughts onto our Champions League clash with Monaco on Wednesday. The Gunners will be looking for a healthy lead to take to the Principality for the second leg, but it is by no mans going to be easy. Monaco have the amazing record of not having conceded more than one goal in their last 18 games. They won 12 of those matches and have only lost once in 90 minutes.

Have Arsenal’s Champions League opponents hit a wall?

As the current season hots up and enters one of the busiest and most important periods, for clubs like Arsenal that are still in the Champions League and the FA cup that is, Arsene Wenger knows that each game takes on more importance and a bad performance or two could really damage our hopes of success.

Sandwiching a tricky looking FA cup quarter-final away to Manchester United are the home and away games with the French Ligue 1 club Monaco. A week or so ago the draw that all Arsenal fans were so delighted with was not looking quite so juicy, as Monaco were on a formidable run of form.

Can Arsenal REALLY win a trophy in 2015?

I am going to go out on a limb here and say that I do not believe that Arsenal can win the Premier League this season. I know that may be a shock to some of you Gooners out there, but even if the Gunners do go on the sort of run that we are capable of, the first half of the season has simply left us to much to do.

Arsenal get even MORE Champions League good luck!!

There is no denying that Arsenal were handed a huge slice of luck when the Champions League draw was made this week. Monaco were far and away the best draw the Gunners could have got and now we are actually the strong favourites to progress to the quarter-final stage for the first time in six years.

But I thought that a lot of the football media were a bit too quick to call us lucky, because that was the first bit of good luck that has come our way in the competition for a long time. Poor decisions from the referees as well as tough draws in our recent groups and play-off games have had most Gooners thinking that we were cursed in the competition.

Why it is TOO SOON for Arsenal and Wenger to relax

Calm Down! Arsenal are still in trouble! by DN

It does seem as though Arsenal have finally found the right balance and have learned some painful lessons about starting games slowly (a la Stoke) us focusing too much on the attacking side of the game when we should be solid and compact (a la Anderlecht).

And with Theo Walcott and Nacho Monreal ready to return, Mesut Ozil back in training, Mikel Arteta, Laurent Koscielny and Aaron Ramsey very close, it looks as though our terrible luck with injuries might be turning. The Gunners definitely had a change in luck this week when we were handed the best possible draw against Monaco in the Champions League.

Arsenal warned of tough Champions League test by Monaco star

While the Arsenal fans are all very happy about today’s Champions League draw which saw the Gunners drawn against the French club Monaco, we must still remember that they did qualify at the top of their Champions League group and that is something that Arsenal have found very difficult in recent years.

So although Monaco are the least favourite of the group winners with the bookies to win the whole competition and are also favourites to go out against us, Arsenal fans should be wary of counting our chickens. And that same message has been handed to Arsene Wenger and his players by one of the Monaco stars, Jeremy Toulalan, according to an ESPN report.