Despite having been beaten 3-1 in the first leg against Monaco, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger still believes that his team can come up with a surprising result in the second leg. There have been very few teams who have managed to progress to the next round after losing the first leg 3-1.
Further, Arsenal have the disadvantage of playing away from home. Monaco have been one of the stingiest teams in the French league after allowing only 20 goals from the 28 matches this season. Since the first leg at the Emirates stadium, both teams have undergone different set of fortunes in terms of form.
Arsenal went on to win four straight matches including the 3-0 win over West Ham last weekend. Monaco followed that result with five dropped points in the league, but they have recovered of late with back-to-back victories against Evian and Bastia. The gunners have already been knocked out at this stage of the competition four times in a row. The worrying aspect for Wenger is that in all previous occasions, the opposition were significantly better than Monaco. Manchester City and Arsenal are the two left British teams in the Champions League after Chelsea suffered an exit.
Wenger believes that despite the first leg result, Arsenal can create a shock at Monaco.”We have got it wrong in the first game. What you want in life is the chance to put it right. We have the opportunity to put it right and after, no matter what, we will be ready to give everything to do it.We are in a position where Monaco are favourites. We can go there and create something special. I believe we will have the desire to do it.Honestly, I’d prefer to be 3-0 up [but] we have no choice. We have to put it right,” said Wenger.