There is no doubt that every single Arsenal player was awful in the home Champions League tie against Monaco, but it is equally obvious that the team has bounced back in tremendous fashion by beating Everton, Man United, QPR and West Ham. So much so that Francis Coquelin believes that the Gunners can still go to Monaco tomorrow night and get the three goal win needed to progress to the next round.
“It was a big blow when we lost 3-1 at home against Monaco,” Coquelin said on the Official Arsenal site. “I don’t think anybody expected that but I think we pulled ourselves together, went to Manchester United in the FA Cup quarter-final and won 2-1 in a big game.
“It was another great performance against West Ham. Qualifying for the next round looks impossible but you never know in football. Hopefully we can get a great result over there and then move on to the next game.
“There’s quite a lot of things to change after you lose 3-1 at home, but we’ve done that in recent games. We haven’t conceded many goals and we’ve been scoring goals as well.
“We haven’t lost a game since Monaco and the confidence is high. We’re going to go there with great spirit and I think we can turn this result around.”
Arsenal have had a few false dawns this season, but the team is now in their very best form. There was obviously some confidence problem in the first leg especially as we were hot favourites, but now with nothing to lose, perhaps we really can go to Monaco without fear……
Let’s BELIEVE until we can’t believe no more! COYG!