Monaco managed to advance the next stage of the champions league, without scoring too many goals and they had the defensive carrying them through. They will obviously go for the same strategy when they travel to London to play against Arsenal, but they won’t have an easier mission against the Gunners. The home side knows that if it is to save the season, then the only chance is to make a deep run in the most important European competition.
There is no chance whatsoever to win the Premier League and even finishing on the podium seems unlikely, so it is imperative to defeat Monaco in the double legged fixture. In order to achieve this, they will field an offensive starting formation but the biggest concern has to do with fitness issues that have been plaguing Arsenal for most of the season.
At the first glance, the news is reassuring, because the team has recuperated some of the key players, even though for our still on the injury list. They are scattered all over the team, but the midfield seems to be the most affected one, something that doesn’t bode well ahead of this fixture. Monaco is no longer the scoring machine that frightened French teams, but it has a much better backline and managed to keep clean sheets in seven consecutive games.
Losing Falcao to Manchester United obviously hurts their chances of winning the Champions League or the domestic competition for what that matters. Nevertheless, they found ways to adjust and Silva and Carrasco are two of the midfielders that elevated their game at the right time. Both of them will be playing tonight and the offensive will be spearheaded by Berbatov, as the only striker for Monaco. It is worth placing a medium-size wager on Monaco not to lose by two goals or more at even odds, knowing that the stakes are returned if Arsenal wins by a single goal.