Glenn Hoddle and Mark Hateley were the exception of English players that moved across the channel and enjoyed a successful spell in the French League. Both played for Monaco in the 1980's under Arsene Wenger and were part of the team that lifted the French title in their first season in the principality.
Arsenal need to score three times on Tuesday, with no other club matching that feat at the Stade Louis II for the past 42-months, it is an almost impossible task. The way the sides set up are almost ideal for the type of game we will see on Tuesday. Former England striker Hateley was excited for the intriguing battle ahead.
"I think the two sides are very different," said the former Rangers striker, as reported by Ligue1.com.
"I think Arsenal are obviously very attacking minded, like to go forward and score lots of goals. I think Monaco are very, very well organised defensively, they are a good group, they play with great discipline. So it'll be a fascinating game. A good game to watch."
Hoddle, also a former Tottenham Hotspur legend, was careful with his words, obviously not wanting to tempt fate and encourage his North London rivals further.
"It will be an emotional game for Arsene Wenger, to return here. Difficult," said Hoddle, who played for four years under Wenger. "Arsenal are playing very well now, they're quick and technical, but AS Monaco are tough defensively."
Arsenal beat West Ham United on Saturday, nearly 24 hours after Monaco kicked off against Bastia on Friday. The French side won 3-0 comfortably and will be enjoying the extra day’s rest, including the fact they don’t have to travel for the second-leg.
Wenger would have hoped for an easier warm-up than a London derby, with the club taking in a short period of rest before travelling to Monte Carlo on Monday.
All the odds seem to be stacked against the English side, it was a difficult task already after the 3-1 defeat at the Emirates, but this weekend’s games could see Arsenal’s chances made even tougher. Tuesday is going to be a fascinating battle.