Martin Keown comments on Arsenal v AS Monaco Champions League tie

Theo Walcott

Martin Keown looks ahead to Arsenal’s Champions League last-16 tie against AS Monaco.

Martin Keown does not believe that Arsenal will find it easy against AS Monaco in the last 16 of the Champions League.

The Gunners have been drawn against the Ligue 1 outfit in the first knockout round of Europe’s premier club competition.

Many football followers are backing Arsenal to go through with ease, despite the fact that Arsene Wenger’s side will play the first leg at home.

Arsenal have the better team on paper, and with Mesut Ozil set to be available soon, the North London outfit will become stronger.

However, Keown, a former Arsenal defender, believes that Arsenal could be find it tricky against Monaco.

“Arsenal it seems have finally got a favourable draw!” the 48-year-old wrote in The Daily Mail. “But their inconsistency means the Arsenal faithful will have concerns about playing anyone at the moment.

“It’s a nostalgic game for Wenger and they played in pre-season, though Falcao scored so anything could happen.”

The fact that Monaco will play the second leg at home will give them an advantage, which means that the onus will be on Arsenal to settle the tie at the Emirates Stadium in the first leg.

The key to winning the tie for Arsenal will be not conceding at home and winning by at least two goals. If they take a 2-0 lead into the second leg, then the Gunners should progress to the quarter-finals with ease.

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