Can Arsenal exploit Monaco's weak spot?

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Arsenal need to score three goals on Tuesday night to have a chance of qualifying and must exploit Monaco's weak spot.

During the first leg of Arsenal’s tie with AS Monaco, it was important that Arsene Wenger’s side got the ball wide and attacked the full-backs with pace and width. However, that tactic was used sparingly and according to FourFourTwo’s StatsZone app, Arsenal attempted 21 crosses at the Emirates, but only six were successful.

If Arsenal want to turn around the 3-1 deficit on Tuesday night, they need to attack down the wings with pace, vigour and be relentless in their forcefulness.

Monaco’s right flank will be the key and if Arsenal can exploit this area and get men in behind, they should be able to cause the Ligue 1 side various problems on the night. It’s one thing to create the chances, but another to finish them.

Young 18-year-old defender, Almamy Touré, should start again at right-back, and if he does, despite his excellent performances recently, he is the weak link in the defence. It was obvious that Arsenal tried to get at the youngster, with Touré blocking two crosses on the night, Monaco blocked three in the whole game.

French full-backs are not often faced with pace and directness down the flanks. In Ligue 1 most of the attacking play comes from in front of the defence. Wingers and attacking full-backs like to cut inside, or play the ball in early. If Arsenal can get the Monegasque side turned around and facing their own goal, they should be able to create plenty of chances.

Evian were the last Ligue 1 side to score against Monaco, and although they were 3-0 down at the time, they found success down the right flank. Just one simple ball down the inside of Touré was enough to help Evian play a low cross into the box and the ball managed to find its way to the back post, where Modou Sougou was there, unmarked to get a goal back.

Monaco will be wary of playing too high a defensive line, but if there is space to exploit behind Touré, Wenger’s men need to utilise it as much as possible if they want to play their way back into the Champions League tie.

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