Phil Thompson backs Arsenal for potential European night greatness

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The former Liverpool defender says the Gunners could be in for a great Champions League night, with the right attitude.

Former Liverpool defender Phil Thompson has backed Arsenal to overcome Monaco, according to Sky Sports.

The Gunners travel to France looking to repair the damage done by a 3-1 first-leg defeat at the hands of the Ligue 1 side at the Emirates, with few expecting them to reach the quarter-finals.

Even history is against Arsene Wenger’s side; with no side having managed to qualify for the next round from a situation like Arsenal’s, such is the enormity of their challenge.

Thompson, though, thinks otherwise, suggesting that Arsenal could be in for one of their greatest European nights if they approach the game correctly.

“My head just says Arsenal will approach this game with an all-or-nothing attitude,” said Thompson.

“They can pull it off if they do so. If they can really wobble them with a goal in the first 15 to 20 minutes then it could be one of the greatest European nights for Arsenal. They’re in great form and have responded really well to the first-leg defeat with some convincing wins in the Premier League.”

Monaco complacency could be an issue

The pundit also believes that complacency may become an issue in the game for the French side, having seen Chelsea and Real Madrid suffer in other European fixtures.

Chelsea were knocked out of the competition by Paris St Germain, despite the French outfit going down to 10 men, while the reigning champions were pushed hard by German side Schalke, despite a good away result in their first leg.

“I’ve got a sneaky feeling Monaco could go into this game a bit complacent after catching Arsenal off-guard in the first leg,” added Thompson.

“As we’ve seen with Real Madrid and Chelsea, complacency can creep in and a good away result doesn’t always mean the job is done for sure.”

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