Arsene Wenger has given his outlook on the Champions League tie against Monaco on Wednesday and said that it is evenly balanced.
We head into the crucial last-16 phase and this is where the real competition starts with every minute of both games carrying extreme importance.
The likes of Bayern Munich and Barcelona have been drawn with us in the past which has led many to believe that we are favourites against Monaco.
However, the boss has issued caution and claimed that the French side’s obvious defensive solidity – they’ve conceded one goal in theur last nine league games – and expects a tough encounter.
“This is a 50:50 game,” Wenger told Arsenal.com
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“We know that Monaco are very tight defensively – they didn’t concede in the group stage against good teams.
“Of course it will be tricky but a possible tie. It’s really a 50:50 because Monaco are in a similar position to us. They came back into a good position in the league and their confidence level will be high.”
With the first game at the Emirates Stadium, Wenger will be tasked with going for a positive result to take to France, but also guard against the away goal.
History would suggest however, that a home win with a clean sheet usually puts us in a strong position.