Arsenal are searching for their first last-16 win in four years.
Arsenal take on Monaco in the Champions League knockout stages, having been granted a favourable tie considering the level of oppositions the Gunners have faced in recent years.
The likes of Bayern Munich, Barcelona – both in consecutive seasons – and also AC Milan have eliminated Arsenal at the first knockout stage.
Arsene Wenger has inevitably issued caution and reassured that his team will aim to produce a top level performance, but one cannot help but feel that this is a crucial opportunity for Arsenal.
Here is how the Gunners are expected to line-up…
GK) David Ospina
Wenger has declared the Colombian fit and there is no reason why Ospina shouldn’t keep his place in the side.
RB) Hector Bellerin
Calum Chambers started in the position at the weekend but that was as a result of an anticipation of Crystal Palace’s height and Bellerin struggling with an ankle knock. If fully fit, the Spaniard gets the nod.
CB) Per Mertesacker
Arsenal’s vice-captain has resumed his leadership role and form, a little rest and being reunited with partner Koscielny is the reason behind that.
CB) Laurent Koscielny
The club’s best centre back, Olivier Giroud says the team is more calm when he is there and that is evident.
LB) Nacho Monreal
Monreal continues his consistent performances which have kept Kieran Gibbs out of the side since the turn of the year.