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Monaco play sentimentality-based mind games ahead of Arsenal showdown

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It seems that Monaco are keen to begin their showdown with Arsene Wenger's side before the first whistle has been blown.

The Monaco president, Russian oligarch Vadim Vasilyev, was the man to kick off the hostilities with a "poisoned apple" of sorts; a collection of photographs taken during Wenger's successful spell at Monaco in the 1980s and 90s. 

At first glance, one could be forgiven for thinking this gift is nothing more than a token of appreciation for Wenger's past services and contributions to the club's progression.

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It seems sweet and amicable rather than malicious. Yet, there is every indication that this "gift" has been carefully thought through.

It is a reminder that Wenger is no longer "at home" in the Stade Louis II in the way he once was when those photos were taken, a gift offered with the intention of mentally de-stabilising a manager and his team who are already facing an up-hill task to progress to the Champions League quarter finals.

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All that remains to be seen is whether Wenger will live up to claim that he is "able to separate the importance of the game for (my) club and the pleasure (I) have at coming back."

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