'It's 50/50' - Olivier Giroud not confident of Champions League progress

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Arsenal's Olivier Giroud is not as confident as many about their progress in the Champions League.

With Arsenal due to face Monaco in the Champions League last 16 most clubs have been envious of the draw they have received. 

Monaco are arguably the weakest team left in the competition and Arsenal will head into the tie as strong favourites to get through to the next round.

However, Gunners forward Olivier Giroud is less confident of his team's progress and feels that they could be in for a tough test against their Ligue 1 opposition. 

"I think it’s 50/50 – Monaco are a good team, even if they don’t have a lot of Champions League experience," he said to the London Evening Standard. “They are a young team with very good players.”

Monaco are currently in sixth place in the French top flight and it was a surprise they were even able to qualify from their group. 

The draw has been unkind to Arsenal in recent years, but they could have hardly asked for better this time around after finishing second in their group. 

Monaco only managed to score four goals on their way to qualifying and their lack of goal threat means that Arsene Wenger's side are likely to make it through to the quarter-finals, despite Giroud's caution.

The Gunners have not been at their best in the Champions League this season to date but, with their chances of making the last eight looking good, optimism about a run in the competition has increased around the North London club. 

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