Monaco prepare for Arsenal with Chelsea-like effort
AS Monaco’s last result ahead of the clash with Arsenal was a typical one.
The French outfit, known to be gritty and well-organized, managed to go down to ten men and still find a way to secure the three points on Friday.
Defender Abdennour was sent back to the dressing room on the stroke of half-time, but despite being peppered by Nice’s attack, Monaco rode their luck to snatch a late winner which came via a howler from the hosts.
That affair at the Allianz Riviera should be some caution for the Gunners as Monaco appear to be a side in the mold of Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea, boasting a game-plan to frustrate their opponents and hit back on the counter.
After that 1-0 Emirates Cup defeat to the French club during pre-season, Arsene Wenger will not require too much research about Leonardo Jardim’s side who are currently fourth-placed in Ligue 1.
Monaco, having kept a staggering 15 clean sheets in their last 19 games, are regarded as a rough and tough opposition in France.
However, Jardim may sweat about naming a strong line-up on Wednesday after Ferreira-Carrasco and Layvin Kurzawa both missed training on Monday while Ricardo Carvalho, Tiemoué Bakayoko, and Andrea Raggi all remained injured, joining the suspended Jérémy Toulalan on the sidelines.
Monaco had the meanest defence of all 32 teams in the Champions League group stages, conceding just one goal in six matches even though they only scored four.