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Here are the confirmed teams as Arsenal host Monaco in the Champions League.

Arsenal will be confident of a win against Monaco this evening because of the creative and attacking talent throughout their team. The Gunners have been in good form in recent weeks and have battled their way into the Premier League’s top four, which will give them confidence heading into this important European game. Arsenal will know the importance of trying to build a first leg advantage, which gives them something to protect against the Ligue 1 team ahead of the second leg. If Arsenal can get well out in front, they will be difficult for Monaco to claw back.

Monaco will have one main aim for this tie; keep things tight and stay in the game. They will be confident that they can keep things close because they were superb throughout the group stage and only conceded one goal. Monaco will be looking to steal an away goal and it’s important they don’t leave too much space in behind, which can be exploited by the Gunners when they advance up the pitch. Monaco will take confidence from their away league form where they have a goal difference of plus two.

Arsenal lineup

Starting:

  • David Ospina
  • Kieran Gibbs
  • Héctor Bellerín
  • Laurent Koscielny
  • Per Mertesacker
  • Santiago Cazorla
  • Francis Coquelin
  • Mesut Özil
  • Olivier Giroud
  • Alexis Sánchez
  • Danny Welbeck

Substitutes: Wojciech Szczesny, Calum Chambers, Gabriel Paulista, Nacho Monreal, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Tomas Rosicky, Theo Walcott.

Monaco lineup

Starting:

  • Danijel Subasic
  • Aymen Abdennour
  • Elderson Echiéjilé
  • Fabinho
  • Almamy Touré
  • Wallace
  • Nabil Dirar
  • Geoffrey Kondogbia
  • João Moutinho
  • Dimitar Berbatov
  • Anthony Martial

Substitutes: Maarten Stekelenburg, Abdou Diallo, Layvin Kurzawa, Bernardo Silva, Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco, Alain Traoré, Matheus Carvalho.

 

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