When I say Arsenal beating Monaco, I mean over two legs because the important thing, absolutely vital in fact, for Arsene Wenger and the team is to be in the draw for the quarter-finals. Not only would it be disappointing and a massive chance missed if are not, but it could have a knock-on effect and see us falter in the Premier League and FA cup as well.
I have this strange feeling that if we beat Monaco we have a real chance of going all the way this year. Sky currently price us at 18/1 for winning the competition outright, so I have taken the 25 quid free bet using this Skybet promo code and put the lot on!
I think there are three key things that Arsenal need to do tomorrow to give us the best possible chance of progressing against a team which, quite frankly, are not as good as us.
1. Patience. We might not be able to win the game in the first leg, although home advantage and the way that Arsenal usually dominate and beat teams on our own turf should and hopefully will put us in a great position. But despite a great unbeaten run and record of wins at home, we have sometimes been too adventurous. Failing to score an early goal is not the end of the world but conceding one would be a nightmare.
2. Big performances. I am thinking of Alexis Sanchez, Giroud, Cazorla and whoever else in attack, but mainly Alexis. The Chilean has dropped from the very high standards he has set this season and now would be the ideal time for him to rediscover that devastating form.
3. Clean sheet. If we keep a clean sheet, even if we fail to score I think that makes us favourites to go through. But I expect us to score at home and then Monaco would have to come at us a bit in the second leg. That should suit Arsenal down to the ground. So Coquelin and the back five must be really on their game and make no mistakes.
Sounds simple yeah?