Arsenal can overturn Monaco deficit and progress, says Gary Neville

Manchester United legend Gary Neville says Arsenal will need to carry Premier League form into Europe

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

Gary Neville believes Arsenal are capable of overturning their first-leg deficit against Monaco if Arsene Wenger’s side replicate their Premier League form on Tuesday night.

The north London side lost 3-1 to the Ligue 1 side at Emirates Stadium last month after goals from Geoffrey Kondogbia, Dimitar Berbatov and Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco.

They have the capabilities of turning the tie around but they need to go and play the football we saw on Saturday

Gary Neville

However, Arsenal have bounced back from their Champions League setback with a comfortable win against Everton, West Ham and Queens Park Rangers, plus a rare triumph at Old Trafford.

Former Manchester United defender Neville reckons Arsenal aren’t facing an impossible task against Monaco, but believes the Gunners will need to be at their fluent best.

Neville told Sky Sports: “Arsenal’s result against West Ham is what they do. I was at the Emirates two weeks ago when they played Aston Villa and they destroyed them.

“The football they play is absolutely brilliant, it’s the best football in the country in terms of passing against a team at home who are struggling.

“It is some of the best football you will see and you could say their performance against West Ham was a typical performance. That’s a massive compliment to them that they can play football like that regularly.

“But on Tuesday night, they are playing Monaco away in the Champions League and we’ve got to see it then.

“They have the capabilities of turning the tie around but they need to go and play the football we saw on Saturday. You expect Arsenal to do what they did to West Ham to similar teams at home, they have been doing it for many years.

“But Tuesday night is where it will really count against a team that are shrewd, have more quality, and are a Champions League team.

“Arsenal were really poor in the game a couple of weeks ago and Tuesday is the real test to see whether they can play that attractive brand of football in a really big match.”

This is Arsenal’s 15th consecutive appearance in the last 16. However, Wenger’s men lost at this stage in each of the last four seasons.

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The Gunners’ last victory in the round of 16 was against Porto (6-2 aggregate) in 2009/10, since then they have suffered elimination against Barcelona (2010/11), AC Milan (2011/12) and Bayern Munich (2012/13 and 2013/14).

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