Ex-Tottenham hero Dimitar Berbatov looking to ruin Arsenal's Champions League hopes

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Former Spurs star Dimitar Berbatov wants to use his Premier League experience to help Monaco beat Arsenal.

Arsenal face Monaco in the Champions League on Wednesday, and will be hoping to avoid an upset against the Ligue 1 side.

The first leg of the Gunners' last 16 clash is at the Emirates Stadium, where Arsene Wenger - formerly Monaco manager back in the late 1980's and early 1990's - will be looking to establish a strong advantage ahead of the second leg at the Stade Louis II.

The meeting between the two sides sees some familiar faces in the Monaco side, such as Portuguese playmaker Joao Moutinho, former French international Jeremy Toulalan and ex-Chelsea defender Ricardo Carvalho.

Yet the most interesting feature of Leonardo Jardim's side is striker Dimitar Berbatov - who of course spent many years in the Premier League with Tottenham and Manchester United.

The experienced Bulgarian is no stranger to the Emirates Stadium, and told Sky Sports that he's enjoying being back in North London ahead of tomorrow night's match.

"I spent a couple of years here and have told my team-mates this will be a tough game," said Berbatov. "Being back here is great for me, playing in this stadium. I have had some good moments here, scored a couple of goals, and also had some bad moments. It is nothing new to me. I know the games, I watch them on TV, Arsenal are playing very well."

The 34-year-old has scored seven goals this season, and admitted that he is hoping to use his insider knowledge of Arsenal's tactics to help Monaco dump them out of the Champions League.

"They are a team who work a lot of passes, try to play the combinations, football the way it should be played. They play on the counter with quick players and very technical. Maybe this will be new for some of my team-mates, but I have explained to them that it will be difficult, so they need to do their homework, and our coach will prepare us for the game. Hopefully we can do what we came here to do," he added.

He may not be the player he was during his time at Tottenham, but Berbatov still possesses the skill to unlock the Arsenal defence - and despite his age, the Gunner must be wary of his threat.

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