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‘Arsenal knock out Monaco’ – Five ways this can come true

first_img 5 5 5 5 5 4. Start Theo Walcott – Click the arrow for more things Arsenal need to do – When he came on during the first leg, the England international offered exactly the type of direct approach Arsenal needed and with his electric pace he would certainly give the Monaco defence something to think about. He may not do enough work defensively, but with Arsenal chasing the tie, they should be looking to attack, attack, attack from the first minute. Better to go out with a fight, than a whimper, right? 5. Should Wenger perhaps play two up top? – Yes it’s a pretty limited approach, but with Olivier Giroud’s exceptional hold up play and Danny Welbeck brimming with confidence having dumped his former club out of the FA Cup, there is enough evidence to at least suggest at going for a more basic approach against Monaco. While rarely seen nowadays, it is a formation that Arsenal have had great success with on the European stage before (the Gunners played with two up top in the famous 5-1 victory over Inter Milan) and could do so again. 3. Don’t leave space between the lines – Click the arrow for more things Arsenal need to do – It sounds simple enough, but it is exactly what proved to be Arsenal’s downfall in the first leg. Dimitar Berbatov even commented that he knew there would be acres of space between attack and defence, which for a player like him is an early Christmas present. It’s tricky to press as a unit without leaving yourself vulnerable, but it’s a risk that must be taken. 1. Drop Per Mertesacker – Click the arrow for more things Arsenal need to do if they are going to achieve ‘mission improbable’ – It may sound harsh, but the German is simply not up to the job any more. While he may be a World Cup winner, at Arsenal he is found out way too much by any above average team. In the first leg against Monaco he was woeful and while he probably has the mental strength to block out his horror show, in truth he should be nowhere near the starting XI. Nacho Monreal’s excellent form and versatility suggests that he should be moved to the heart of defence, with Kieran Gibbs at full-back. 2. Abandon their new approach (if only for one night) – Click the arrow for more things Arsenal need to do – The Gunners’ mini renaissance has been in part due to a change in approach when it comes to possession. As they showed against Man City and more recently in the FA Cup victory over Man United, Arsenal are comfortable with their opponents dominating possession, if they are to score enough goals to progress past Monaco, they need to be the ones dictating the game, rather than sitting back and looking to counter. With Chelsea and Liverpool knocked out of the Champions League and Man City facing an uphill task to overcome Barcelona, it’s down to Arsenal to keep English hopes alive in Europe’s biggest competition.That seems easier said than done though, with the Gunners needing a miracle to turn around the deficit from their 3-1 first leg defeat to Monaco, but it is not entirely impossible for Arsene Wenger’s side.Indeed, with the pressure off, they have performed admirably in seemingly ‘dead rubber’ continental clashes (2-1 victory over 2013 winners Bayern Munich, anybody?), so we could be in for another twist in Arsenal’s inconsistent season.But what do they need to do, in order to stage the mother of all comebacks?Click the arrow above to see…last_img read more