Former Liverpool striker: Ligue 1 side will be difficult, inconsistent Arsenal won't win the Champions League

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Neil Mellor does not feel Arsenal's players believe they can win the Champions League.

Former Liverpool striker Neil Mellor believes Arsenal's Champions League tie against Monaco will be far tougher than has been widely predicted.

The Gunners head into the clash as 2/7 favourites with SkyBet to qualify over two legs, with the Ligue 1 side at 5/2.

Mellor who once scored a winning goal over Arsenal at Anfield, and is now retired and working as a pundit, told Sky Sports Soccer Special:

"Arsenal are inconsistent, and in the Premier League too. I'm not sure they do believe they can go on and win the Champions League.

"The draw has been favourable, they are strong favourites to go through. I think Monaco will make it difficult, defensively they are well organised.

"I think they (Arsenal) will progress but looking to win it is a long shot for them."

For Arsenal, simply making it past the last 16 stage would be significant, not because of Monaco's resilience, but because the same round of the competition has been a graveyard for their talented teams in recent seasons.

Getting past this psychological hurdle will give them belief that they can go into the last eight as equals, and they would be right to. Financially Arsenal are on even footing with top sides in the competition, owing to large gate receipts and continued qualification for Europe's elite competition.

This has allowed them to sign marquee players from Barcelona and Real Madrid in consecutive seasons, and Arsene Wenger needs to instil it into his side that if they work hard, this could be the year their planning pays off.

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