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AS Monaco midfielder Jeremy Toulalan has sent out a warning shot to Arsenal that they should not expect an easy victory in the next round of the Champions League.
The French side were paired with the Gunners in the last 16 of the European competition and which means Arsene Wenger will face his former side for the first time in a competitive match.
On paper it looks like one of the easier draw the Gunners could have had with many installing the North London side as favourites. However, Toulalan says Monaco can defeat Arsenal over two legs.
“We will go calmly to Emirates Stadium with all the weapons [in our team]. We are not an easy team to pass around,” said Toulalan to AS Monaco’s official twitter account.
“I think it will please Arsene Wenger to come back here, as well as the French players on the team,” the 31 year old said. “The players at Arsenal are technical, fast and dynamic. They can make things difficult. I know Olivier Giroud. It will be nice to see him on the pitch.
“We will be fit for the game and fearless. Again, I repeat that this will be a 50-50 between us and Arsenal.”
Monaco scored just four goals in the group stages of the competition but still managed to qualify top of their group. Arsenal finished second behind Borussia Dortmund meaning the second-leg of this tie will be played in France.
However, despite their troubles this season, the AS Monaco players seem up for the challenge of facing the Gunners in Europe with young forward Anthony Martial tweeting his reaction.
<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” lang=”en”><p>Ce sera Arsenal pour les huitièmes ! #Ldc#AllezMonaco</p>— Anthony Martial 23 (@AnthonyMartial) <a href=”https://twitter.com/AnthonyMartial/status/544452121740193792″>December 15, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src=”//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js” charset=”utf-8″></script>