Monaco’s defensive record has given this fixture the appearance of an impossible mission but we all love football because of the magic of its miracles.
It is the hope that kills, yet if we cannot believe, there would never be anything achieved. And if Arsenal were to pull one off on Tuesday night, five things could be crucial:
- Ramsey should be at the heart of it
The midfielder’s imposing all-action display last weekend against West Ham was very encouraging.
Rambo is arguably one of Arsenal’s most complete midfielder. And against a team who will be well compact in both defence and midfield, a well structured Arsenal midfield built around the Welshman would be required to breakdown Leonardo Jardim’s side. He can help Coquelin in keeping Moutinho and Berbatov in check, while finding his way into the opposition areas for goals.
- Patient Game Management
The three goals do not have to be scored in the first 10 minutes. Teams have their weak moments in a game and it will be necessary for the Gunners – and Wenger too – to take note and mount more pressure during such times.
- Alexis Must Step Up
It’s fair to say the Chilean enigma has gone off the boil for the best part of 6 weeks. It’s also good for the team that he would not have to be solely relied upon for goal but a player of his quality should still come up with the difference in games of this magnitude.
- Plan B: Route One
Those goals against West Ham are the type “we love to score” according to Wenger but that may not happen in every game.
With some of their first team players set to return, Monaco will have more balance in their team than even in the first leg. And should it be difficult to play through their backline, Wenger must employ Giroud’s hold-up play tactics while going forward.
At least if he’s not able to score, he can get knock-downs to his teammates close by to finish off.
- Plan C: Shoot at Sight
There has to be a way out, somehow, anyhow. Konodgbia failed to be tight on Chambo last game and allowed him to find the top corner. Arsenal are not famous for shooting from distance and that could be handy if the going gets tough.
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