Sunday 17 December 2017

Wenger believes Arsenal can perform miracle in Monaco

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

Manager Arsene Wenger intends to make the most of Arsenal's second chance when they jetted out to Monaco this afternoon aiming to rewrite history and stay in the Champions League.

The Gunners' hopes of reaching the quarter-finals were all but extinguished after suffering a 3-1 home defeat in the first leg last month - conceding in stoppage time just minutes after giving themselves a life-line with a late goal from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Monaco have one of the best defensive records in Europe, and no team has recovered from more than a single-goal deficit going into an away leg in the Champions League era.

Wenger (inset), though, believes Arsenal can produce an unlikely result against the club he guided to the French title some 27 years ago.

"We have to put it right. Sometimes in life, you make a big mistake, and there is no comeback, no way you get the chance to put it right again. In football, you can do it, so let's just give everything to do it," said Wenger, whose side beat West Ham 3-0 on Saturday to cement their place in the top four of the Premier League.

"We know that (in the first leg) we were impatient and threw ourselves forward too much, that we lost our patience and composure.

"We wanted too much to make a difference in the first game and forgot our basics, that means to defend well and attack well. We just focussed on attacking well, but because a goal didn't go in we opened ourselves up."

Despite their European mishap, Arsenal remain in good form, having reached the FA Cup semi-finals with victory at Manchester United, and are now just a point behind second-placed Manchester City after an eighth Premier League win from nine.

Wenger continued: "In Monaco, we have do what we did against West Ham, keep going until the last second, be patient, play a quality game, focus on the quality of what we want to do and try to do it together.

"We are in a position where today Monaco is favourite, (people think) they have already won it, but they can still lose it.

"We can go there and create something special."


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