Monaco v Arsenal betting preview – Is it mission impossible for Wenger’s side?
The Gunners head to Monaco in search of a huge turnaround in their Champions League campaign, however can they overturn a two-goal deficit against the Ligue One side?
March 17th, 2015
There’s no denying that Arsenal put on a dreadful performance in the first leg of this last-sixteen round, the Gunners losing 3-1 to a clinical Monaco side. They now have a huge mountain to climb for a place in the competition’s quarter-finals.
Monaco have been on top home form in the Champions League and with no goals conceded in the tournament on home turf, we won’t be expecting the visitors to find it easy going against what will be a defensive home side on Wednesday.
Indeed, the Ligue One runners-up last season are in their first Champions League knockout stage for a decade and will be looking to emulate their success of 2014 when they reached the tournament final, losing 3-0 to Portuguese side Porto.
The Gunners will be confident of clinching a win following their recent upturn in form which has seen win eight out of their last nine Premier League games, however whether it will be enough to see them through to the quarter-finals is very unlikely and despite losing none of their previous eleven away games to French teams in Europe, they have never won by more than a single goal margin.
The frail Arsenal defence was very much exposed in the first leg of this round and we feel that the expected all-out attacking approach which we will witness tonight will be too little, too late.
One thing we can expect however is Gunners goals and we’ll be backing Olivier Giroud to deliver at some point of the match, the Frenchman managing to score in all of his last four Premier League matches.
Either way, Arsene Wenger’s side will ultimately fail in their quest to stay in this season’s Champions League and instead can concentrate in securing a top-four finish and have another go at European glory next season.