We have an extremely difficult task ahead of us this Tuesday night, and Arsene Wenger believes the quality of Monaco’s pitch will make it even harder, as reported by the Mirror.
A shocking performance saw us crash to a 3-1 defeat at the Emirates in the first leg, giving us a mountain to climb as we head to the French principality.
Our recent performances have inspired confidence however, with many starting to believe that we could actually overturn the deficit.
The manager though, is worried that a waterlogged pitch could prevent us from playing the fast paced, free flowing football we will nee to play in order to get the victory.
“It is a little bit of a worry. There were two concerns when I was the manager. The quality of the pitch was not fantastic. I have just been up there – it is good, very good,” he said.
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“The second thing is when it rains in the south of France, it rains. It doesn’t drizzle. They had to postpone a game against Montpellier recently because of the rain. I hope the conditions will not be bad on the raining front.”
A poor pitch has often been an Achilles’ heel for us, as we are used to the ball gliding across the floor when playing at the Emirates. A waterlogged pitch is the worst possible scenario, as it would force us to play the ball in the air far more often.
It’s certainly a game that will require something special if we are to have any chance of advancing in the Champions League, but if we play the way we know we can then it’s not impossible.