Former Manchester United player, Gary Neville backs Arsenal to overcome the first-leg deficit against Monaco in the Champions League.
All hopes of saving the Premier League from shame in the Champions League lie in Arsenal and Manchester Citya s hands. However, both teams have suffered a first-leg home defeat to their opponents and are clearly not the favourites to make it to the quarter-finals of the Champions League.
Arsenal suffered a humiliating defeat in the first-leg of the round-of-16 in the Champions League at the hands of French side AS Monaco. When the draw was announced, Arsenal were the favourites to go through to the quarter-finals but AS Monaco produced a stellar performance in Arsenala s backyard and produced a shock result. Having lost the home leg 3-1, Arsenal have a monumental feat to achieve in the return leg if they wish to make progress in the Champions League.
While the odds are definitely not in the favour of Gunners, they have found some support from former Manchester United player Gary Neville. The Sky Sports pundit believes Arsenal are capable of turning the tie around and the game will test their ability to show up and play their best football in crunch situations. The Englishman was full of praise for Arsenala s style of play and he believes that the London-based club should replicate their league display on Tuesday against Monaco.
a Arsenal’s result against West Ham is what they do. I was at the Emirates two weeks ago when they played Aston Villa and they destroyed them,” he told Sky Sports.
“The football they play is absolutely brilliant, it’s the best football in the country in terms of passing against a team at home who are struggling.
“It is some of the best football you will see and you could say their performance against West Ham was a typical performance. That’s a massive compliment to them that they can play football like that regularly.
“But on Tuesday night, they are playing Monaco away in the Champions League and we’ve got to see it then.
“They have the capabilities of turning the tie around but they need to go and play the football we saw on Saturday. You expect Arsenal to do what they did to West Ham to similar teams at home, they have been doing it for many years.
“But Tuesday night is where it will really count against a team that are shrewd, have more quality, and are a Champions League team.
“Arsenal were really poor in the game a couple of weeks ago and Tuesday is the real test to see whether they can play that attractive brand of football in a really big match.”
Out of the four teams from the Premier League, Liverpool were the first to get eliminated as they failed to clear group stage and Chelsea exited last week as a 2-2 home draw wasna t enough to get them through against Paris Saint-Germain. Meanwhile, Manchester City and Arsenal both fell to home defeats to Barcelona and Monaco respectively, weakening their chances to make it through to the quarter-finals.