Olivier Giroud warns Arsenal about Monaco threat
Olivier Giroud is wary of the threat posed by Monaco in the last 16 of the Champions League
Olivier Giroud has warned his Arsenal team-mates to expect a tough encounter when they take on Monaco in the last 16 of the Champions League next year.
The Gunners were paired with the Ligue 1 club in Monday’s draw, with Arsene Wenger’s side avoiding ties with the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid.
But striker Giroud says that Monaco will represent a significant test for the north London club.
“I’m not relieved, no. But it’s true that we had not been spoiled by the draw in recent seasons,” Giroud told L’Equipe.
“Since I arrived at Arsenal, we have come up against Bayern twice in the last 16. That was a very tough draw.
“I have a friend who called me and said: ‘Oh, it’s good, a French team, you’re lucky!’. Meaning, ‘it’s going to be easy’. Well, we’ll have to see after the game.
“I think it’s 50/50. Monaco are a good team, even if they don’t have a lot of Champions League experience. They are a young team with very good players.”