Tottenham Hotspur legend Glenn Hoddle has predicted in The Daily Mail that Arsenal will progress to the quarter-finals of the Champions League this season.
The former Tottenham and Southampton manager believes that Arsenal will have too much for AS Monaco in the last-16 tie.
However, Hoddle suggests that Gunners manager Arsene Wenger is still lacking key players in key departments.
“He’s always had a good spine and I’m not sure he has a good spine at the moment,” the 57-year-old told The Daily Mail.
“If you put Nemanja Matic into his team, it would be transformed. And he’s not an out-and-out defensive midfielder... just a good player. If Arsenal get a player like him and a keeper, they have the firepower.”
“No, I wouldn’t think so,” added Hoddle when asked if Wenger is convinced by his goalkeeper. “But I think they’ll have more than enough to win over the two legs.”
Will Arsenal slip up?
Arsenal will indeed head into the last-16 tie as favourites. The Premier League giants have the better players and the better team.
Moreover, the Gunners are in very good form at the moment. The North London outfit have won their last three competitive matches and have lost just two games in 2015.
However, it would not be wise to take the threat of Monaco lightly. The Ligue 1 side are defensively sound, and their counter-attacking football could create problems for Arsenal.
One suspects that the first leg of the tie will be key. If Arsenal win the encounter at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday 2-0, then they will almost certainly go through to the quarter-finals.
However, a goalless draw or allowing Monaco to score an away goal could be damaging for Arsenal.