Winterburn: What needs to happen for Arsenal to have any chance against Monaco

Arsene Wenger at Training - 18/02/2014

Former Arsenal defender Nigel Winterburn has explained what he feels needs to happen for his old team to get through against Monaco in the Champions League.

Former Arsenal defender Nigel Winterburn told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast Show for talkSPORT what he feels must happen for the Gunners to have any way through Monaco this evening.

Arsenal head into the Champions League clash trailing 3-1 after the first leg in London, which leaves the Gunners under pressure heading into the game.

“I feel they have got to be ahead at half-time – hopefully 1-0 – If they do that, then they score first in the second half, Monaco will start to worry and Arsenal have a chance,” said Winterburn.

The match won’t be easy for the Gunners because Monaco have one of the best defensive systems in Europe.

They have conceded the lowest number of goals in Ligue One as things stand and Arsenal will have to work hard, be patient and trust their creative and attacking players to make the difference.

Arsenal can attack Monaco in a number of different ways and it will be interesting to see which system Wenger utilises.

If Olivier Giroud starts, Arsenal have the option to be direct and to get themselves back into the tie as quickly as possible.

They also have plenty of pace in wide areas, which they should look to use to their advantage, especially if they can draw the full-backs out of position.

They also have the players who are well suited to controlling the ball through the middle and building pressure from central midfield.

Arsenal have a chance, but defensively they need to be far more resilient than they were during the first leg.

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