‘Just’ Face Monaco, Arsenal Sued Stay Vigilant
London – The draw does not make the round of 16. Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud then relieved. Although his team is favored, Giroud demands so as not to underestimate Arsenal AS Monaco.
The rate of the Gunners in Europe has always stuck only to the round of 16 in the last four seasons. This season, a big opportunity for the North London team to advance to the quarterfinals first since 2009-10.
In theory, Monaco is not as tough opponents Arsenal earlier. In the last three seasons for example, Arsene Wenger was confronted with Barcelona and twice against Bayern Munich.
Monaco, is believed to be not as tough as previously after losing Radamel Falcao on loan to Manchester United and James Rodriguez after dilego to Real Madrid this summer. However, Giroud assess potentially difficult Monaco.
“It is true we are not spoiled by good draw in the last few seasons. Since I joined Arsenal, we’ve faced Bayern twice in the round of 16. It is very difficult lottery,” said Giroud told L’Equipe.
“My friend called me saying: ‘Oh, that’s good, a French team, you’re lucky! Meaning: it will not be easy’. Well, we’ll see after the game.”
“Monaco is a good team, even though they do not have much experience in the Champions League,” added the French international striker in ESPNFC.
The match against Monaco, Wenger will also mark a reunion with former team who’ve practiced for seven years in 1987-1994.
“It will be a special match Arsene Wenger to return to the club where he started his career as a coach. But he handle such situations well. He was calm, but it’s definitely going to be something for him to return to Monaco,” said Giroud.