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Can Arsenal get past AS Monaco in the last 16 of the Champions League?

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Wednesday night  will see the return of Arsenal to the knock-out stages of the Champions League.

Much to the disappointment of many Arsenal fans, the Gunners only managed to finish second in their group behind Borussia Dortmund.

For once however, it appears that finishing as a runner-up has given them a more favourable draw, with the defensively sound Monaco a much more enticing draw than the likes of Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid in the last 16.

Monaco a better prospect than Juve

Dortmund, who topped Arsenal's group, face a trip to Turin to start their last 16 campaign, where as Arsenal face Monaco at home.

No doubt Arsenal fan's are favouring the draw against Monaco over Italian Champions Juventus, however the tie is far from an easy one. Monaco are, although 11 points off the pace in Ligue 1, going to be a very tough side to beat.

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Principality offer sterner test than first thought

In fact, Arsenal have already lost to AS Monaco once this season, a Radamel Falcao goal gave the French side a 1-0 win during the Emirates Cup in pre-season.

Although Falcao is currently at Manchester United, Monaco have a number of quality players that can cause Arsenal plenty of problems.

Two players to watch out for would be Portugal international Joao Moutinho, and Belgium winger Yannick Ferreira Carrasco. Monaco also have former Everton loanee Lacina Traore, French International and club captain Jeremy Toulalan, and January signing Alain Traore.

Of course, Arsenal have AlexisSanchez, Mesut Ozil, Olivier Giroud and a host of other world-class players, but I think the club that wins this tie will be the ones that want it the most.

Both sides will want to progress to the next round of the Champions League, but who is more hungry for European success?  

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