Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck has warned his teammates that they must do their job properly in order to overcome a tough Monaco side in the Champions League, The Sun reports.
The Gunners face the French outfit in the first leg of their last 16 knock-out encounter at the Emirates on Wednesday aiming to reach the quarter-finals for the first time in five years.
With the opponents which Arsene Wenger’s side could have been paired up against, the injury-stricken French side were arguably the weakest and most ideal opposition the Gunners could have been given.
However, Leonardo Jardim’s side are by no means pushovers and Welbeck has warned his teammates that complacency will make their task extremely difficult.
“Whoever gets chosen to play against Monaco has to do his job properly because it’s going to be a tough tie and we need a decent result from the home leg to set us up for the return match in France,” Welbeck said.
“This is the start of the knock-out competition and we have prepared for it really well. We don’t discuss what has happened in previous years and we don’t look back.
“We are only looking ahead and we are completely focussed on getting the right result.”
It has been well documented that Monaco arrive in North London with a number of first-team absentees through injury or suspension.
However, they still maintain their squad ethos and they will look to frustrate the Gunners just like they managed during the group stages, conceding only one goal in six matches.
Likewise in the French top flight, the Stade Louis II outfit boast the best defensive record in the league alongside leaders Lyon – conceding 19 goals in 25 encounters.
The Premier League side will have to be patient on the night, because if an early goal doesn’t arrive and they panic and try and force the issue, the hosts will end up playing right in to the visitors’ hands.
A measured approach using the width with creativity from the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Santi Cazorla and Mesut Ozil will prove the key to victory.