Stats show Arsenal have the edge over Monaco ahead of last-16 clash

Arsenal lead Monaco in all departments except goals conceded ahead of their last-16 clash

Russ Cane from Oulala
By Russ Cane from Oulala
Arsenal scored 15 group-stage goals, but Monaco conceded one Photo:

Arsenal host AS Monaco in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 match-up at The Emirates on Wednesday night.

After exits from the competition at this stage in their previous four seasons against the likes of Barcelona, AC Milan and Bayern Munich, and with the disadvantage of playing away in the second leg, the pressure is on the London club to make it to the quarter-finals for the first time in five years.

Our friends at Opta powered fantasy football game returned to the group stages with their detailed analysis to see how both sides fared going into the knockout phase.

Despite Monaco winning Group C and Arsenal finishing as runners-up in Group D, it is the English side that racked up more points (13 to 11) and excelled during the group phase.

With Arsenal’s 15 goals compared to the disappointing four from Monaco, it’s clear which side had the superior firepower. Arsenal also unsurprisingly led for total shots (70 to 56), shot accuracy (48 per cent to 36 per cent) and chances created (49 to 32).

Arsene Wenger’s side also shone for pass completion (85 per cent to 74 per cent) and possession (54.6 per cent to 44.4 per cent).

The only criteria that Monaco did better than Arsenal at was goals conceded, just one goal to Arsenal’s eight. An impressive total of five clean sheets from their six group stage matches.

Monaco were, in fact, the side that conceded the fewest goals of all 32 teams competing in the group stages.

With the free-scoring Arsenal up against the seemingly unbreakable defensive unit of Monaco, the strategic battle should be truly fascinating.

This infographic was supplied by Opta-powered fantasy football game


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