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Monaco playmaker Moutinho fires warning shot to Arsenal ahead of second leg

AS Monaco midfielder Joao Moutinho says the French side are aiming to complete the job they started at the Emirates three weeks ago by knocking Arsenal out of the Champions League on Tuesday night.

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The Portuguese international played a starring role in the first leg meeting in which the Ligue 1 side pulled off a surprise 3-1 win in London, giving the Gunners a huge mountain to climb when the two sides clash in the second leg at the Stade Louis II stadium.

No side playing the second leg away from home has ever been able to overturn a two-goal deficit in the Champions League and given Monaco’s impressive defensive record in the competition, the former Porto man is confident they have the ability to progress.

“We can show our best qualities against the top teams.” Moutinho told The Express

No one believed in us in the Champions League and yet we have really played well. We deserve to be where we are.”

“I have full confidence in our side, despite our lack of experience.

“With the team spirit we have we can go even further and why not a repeat of Monaco and Porto in 2004?” he added.

The hosts have been handed a major boost ahead of the tie as Yannick Ferreira Carrasco, Jeremy Toulalan and Geoffrey Kondogbia, who all missed the 3-0 win against Bastia last week through injury, are in contention to face Arsenal.

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