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.
But they haven’t played anyone in the same form as Arsenal, and our striker Danny Welbeck is looking forward to the challenge, but has declared he is hopeful of going a long way in the Champions League this season. “It’s a special competition,” Welbeck said on Arsenal.com. “You get to play against different styles of play, the best sides in Europe and it’s something that a lot of the players look forward to. It’s massive if you can get far in the competition and that’s what we’re going to be doing this season.
“I would love to keep on progressing to the last stages of the competition and that’s the aim for all the players here. Testing yourself against the world’s best players in the Champions League is a great challenge.
“At this level every match you play is going to be a challenge, but all players enjoy it. We just need to be strong on the day and play to our strengths.
“We’re obviously all looking forward to playing against Monaco. Any team you get in the Champions League will be a difficult opponent and it will be no different with Monaco. They have strong players and it’s going to be a big challenge for us over the two legs.”
Monaco are definitely going to be playing very very defensively, so it is down to the likes of Sanchez, Giroud and Welbeck to try and find some space to get past Danijel Subasic more than once. If you look at the betting offers you can find around 6/4 on Arsenal to win by two goals or more on Wednesday. Danny Welbeck is confident, and so am I, so let’s back the Gunners all the way!