Arsenal owe fans a Champions League victory, says Emmanuel Petit

Former Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Petit says the Gunners need to strike early in Monaco

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

Emmanuel Petit says Arsenal owe their supporters a victory in Monaco ahead of the second leg of their Champions League last-16 clash on Tuesday night.

The Gunners suffered a humiliating 3-1 defeat by the Ligue 1 side at The Emirates despite being heavy favourites to progress to the quarter-final stage.

The trap for Arsenal will be to go forward gung-ho

Emmanuel Petit

Arsenal have beaten Everton, Queens Park Rangers, Manchester United and West Ham since their surprise European defeat, moving to within a point of second-placed Manchester City.

Former Gunners midfielder Petit, who won the Premier League and FA Cup in 1998, highlighted the importance of the north London side scoring early against Monaco.

“They can do it,” Petit told Le Parisien. “The players owe it to themselves to take revenge. In the first leg, they were below-par in everything, they were unworthy of Arsenal’s class.

“They also owe it to the supporters to avenge that defeat. Motivation will be easy to find. There is a feat to be achieved, like PSG against Chelsea. Arsenal can make history by qualifying.

“The trap for Arsenal will be to go forward gung-ho. Wenger has to find a balance and his players need to be more efficient. If Arsenal score early, they will sow doubt among the Monaco players.”

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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