Arsenal boss plays up Champions League hopes ahead of Monaco clash

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is positive about his team’s ability to overcome Monaco in the Champions League and book a place in the quarter finals, according to reports from the Daily Star.

With the Gunners unable to make it past this stage the past four seasons, the French boss is hopeful that this year will be different due to the preparations from his squad.

According to Wenger, the chances of overcoming Monaco is seen as a bigger possibility than facing a European powerhouse such as Barcelona or Bayern Munich, both teams who have previous knocked them out of the competition.

“We didn’t do that very well in the last four years so we have an opportunity to do better now, ” he said,

“In terms of potential, of course Barcelona and Bayern are the favourites but we have to deal with what we get. On paper Barcelona is a stronger team than Monaco.

“I believe we are in a better shape, mentally as well. I am convinced of that.

“We feel as a team that we are on the way up and we can use the Champions League to confirm that.”

The squad have been in a great run of form lately, registering only one defeat in their previous nine games, a factor that could give them a competitive edge going into tonight’s European fixture.

Arsenal are currently third in the Premier League, having struggled earlier in the season, but are ready to overcome their Ligue-1 opponents at the Emirates.

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