Arsene Wenger’s team may have crashed to a 3-1 defeat at the Emirates but Bordeaux could have already shown them the way to beat the principality club
Down but not quite out after a 3-1 mauling in north London, Arsenal fans looking for some kind of solace could be wise to turn their attention to another game involving AS Monaco.
In order to qualify for the quarter-finals of the competition, Arsenal will have to score at least three goals against the principality club – no mean feat when you consider that Leonardo Jardim’s side have shipped just three in the competition so far this season.
Worse still, in six previous games against British sides, Monaco have suffered defeat just once on their own turf, to Leeds United in the UEFA Cup back during the 1995/96 season.
But one game from this season that may offer Gooners a modicum of hope going into the second leg came back in August 2014.
Facing a Bordeaux side on a high following the appointment of Willy Sagnol, Monaco were put to the sword in sensational style, losing 4-1 at Stade Chaban-Delmas in a game that ranks as the team’s heaviest defeat of the season.
And it had all seemed to be going so smoothly for the principality club, who had taken the lead through Dimitar Berbatov early in the second half.
Little did they realise what was to come next, with Bordeaux bursting into life and tearing Monaco apart in the process.
Les Girondins’ 21-year-old Uruguayan striker was the star, scoring a brace either side of a penalty from Emiliano Sala to put the hosts in a commanding lead with a further 25 minutes of the second half to go.
Wahbi Khazri added a fourth from the spot again 10 minutes later, with Sagnol’s side running out deserved winners against a Monaco outfit that seemingly crumbled at the first sign of serious pressure.
Though Bordeaux had less possession they made it count when they did have the ball, registering the most shots on goal and on target against their expensively-assembled opponents.
Seven of the team that collapsed against Les Girondins started at the Emirates and while the Gunners have a mountain to climb, the result does at least highlight that, if Arsenal get an early goal, Monaco could struggle under the pressure of expectation.
Having previously come close to a similar comeback against AC Milan at this stage of the competition a couple of years ago, this match should offer some hope to Arsenal fans looking to go one better.