Following the play we saw from the Gunners against West Ham on Saturday in which they triumphed 3-0, the team will now travel to the tiny Principality of Monaco on Tuesday where they will play the second-leg of their last-16 Champions League match in the 18,000 capacity Stade Louis II knowing that they need to score at least three-goals to progress to the next round.
It is amazing how the club has gone from the depths of despair after Monaco beat Arsenal 3-1 at the Emirates to the elation of beating Manchester United at Old Trafford as they hope to retain the FA Cup, followed by a series of events in the Premiership which now sees them possibly finishing in second place.
The Stats of course don’t look good when you know you have to score three goals past a team that has only conceded four-goals in their last 17-games, yet you have to believe anything is possible following the win over the Hammer’s which was even more one-sided than the score-line suggests with the rusty Theo Walcott missing a couple of sitters while Aaron Ramsey also fluffed his lines.
When speaking about his team’s chances against Monaco French striker Olivier Giroud said: “We trust in our chance to go through and if we create as many chances as we did against West Ham, we can create hope.
“We’ve learned from our mistakes and we will go to Monaco with a lot of confidence.
“When I miss in a game, I try to bounce back as quickly as I can and it’s true the boss gave me a chance to do it against Everton. I try to do it straight away. If you let the doubts enter your head it’s even more difficult to cope.
“Since I came back from injury, I take a lot of pressure on the pitch. I try to work to have a good work rate for the team.
“That’s the key of our game – to keep the pressure on the defenders. We try to keep it up and switch on as fast as we can when we lose the ball, to turn quickly from defensive to offensive positions.
“It’s teamwork. We are going to try and do it as much as we can against Monaco.”
Meanwhile the Gunners fans will be traveling down to the French Riviera hoping the team can play the way they did against Bayern Munich in 2013 when they beat the German’s at the Allianz Arena 0-2, but they know this time it has to be three, and with the team full of confidence after the weekend win anything seems possible.