Monaco defender defiant against Arsenal

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AS Monaco defender Andrea Raggi believes that Arsenal will be unable to break down his side's solid defence when they clash over two legs in the Champions League last 16.

The principality club conceded just once in the group stage and have only conceded 18 times in as many games in Ligue 1.

Arsenal have plenty of attacking options and will feel a favourable Monaco draw offers a strong chance to progress further in Europe's top club competition, but try telling that to Raggi.

Monaco plan to provide stubborn resistance

The Italian full-back told Monaco's website: "It will be a great match. It's good to start at the Emirates and then play back at home where I am convinced we have a possibility of winning."

Benfica's Anderson Talisca is the only player to have breached Monaco's defence in the competition with a close range finish from a corner. Raggi is confident that they can keep more clean sheets, insisting: "We had one of the best defences in the group stage.

"We will tighten up to have a good defence. We have to be very focused, play with humility and character."

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Better news for Arsenal in terms of defence

The good news for Arsenal however is that their defensive frailties are unlikely to be exposed; Monaco have so far scored just four times in the competition, three less than any other team in the knock out rounds.

The Gunners however will count themselves lucky to have drawn Monaco; the Londoners finished second in their group behind Borussia Dortmund and could have faced Barcelona, Real Madrid or yet another trip to Bayern Munich.

Before the draw Arsene Wenger was hopeful of landing the Ligue 1 side, in part to avoid a difficult draw: "I don't think many teams want Madrid. We don't want Bayern and I'm sure they don't want us. I'm not against Monaco because it would be a visit to my first home. I would love to go there."

Wenger joined Les Rouge et Blanc in 1987 and spent seven years at the coastal club winning the league title and the French Cup.

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