AS Monaco’s Jeremy Toulalan reacts to Champions League draw v Arsenal

Jeremy Toulalan admits that Arsenal are a strong team, but insists that AS Monaco will not be easy to defeat in the last 16 of the Champions League.

AS Monaco midfielder Jeremy Toulalan has warned Arsenal that they should not be taken lightly.

Ligue 1 outfit Monaco and the Gunners have been drawn against each other in the last 16 of the Champions League.

The first leg of the tie will be held at the Emirates Stadium in North London, as Arsenal finished second in their group while Monaco won theirs.

On paper, it is an easy draw for Arsenal, who will be backed by many football followers to win the tie.

Toulalan, a former France international, admits that winning against the Premier League team will not be easy, but he insists that Monaco can defeat them over two legs.

“It will be a different challenge,” the 31-year-old told Monaco’s official website. “It is 50-50 for me. I think that it will please Arsene Wenger to come here, as well as the French players at Arsenal.

“The Arsenal players are technical, fast and lively - it will be difficult. But we are not an easy team to defeat.”

Monaco scored just four goals and created 32 chances in six group games in the Champions League this season, but they conceded just one.

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