Former Fulham and West Ham United defender Tony Gale believes that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will be happy with the Champions League draw.
The Gunners will face AS Monaco in the last 16 of Europe’s premier club competition, with the first leg to be played at the Emirates Stadium in North London.
Monaco are claimed by many to be one of the ‘lesser’ teams left in the Champions League, and Gale seems to suggest that Arsenal will get the better of the Ligue 1 outfit with ease.
“I think it’s great,” he told Sky Sports. “If any one of the mangers was deserving of a little bit of luck for the grief that he has had recently, Arsene Wenger deserved that little bit of luck. And he has had it there. That’s a lovely draw.”
Arsenal do have a better team on paper and, despite finishing second in their group, they will start the two-legged tie as the favourites.
Monaco scored just four goals and created 32 chances in six group games, but they conceded just one.
For Arsenal to progress to the quarter-finals, they need to keep a clean sheet at home and win by at least two clear goals.