So it's the evening before our second leg tie against Monaco, in which we trail 1-3 from the first leg at the Emirates. Isn't that the most Arsenal thing ever? We should be out of the competition but it feels as though we could still go through. A lot of people, including myself, felt that after the game we were out and that was it, but all of a sudden with the injection of confidence from beating United and sailing through on that wave crest to comfortably dispatch West Ham, optimism is building. We are of course up against history in that no team, in it's current format has ever gone through needing more than one away goal, but what was that I was saying about stats in this morning's post? Oh yea they don't really matter; what really matters is winning 3-0, not whether it has happened before, remember everything has to be done for the first time. So, why not this?
I think we can do it, although they beat us 1-3 in the first game I still felt that they weren't really that special, no disrespect to Monaco. We had a really poor night. The players looked nervous, we couldn't string more than 5 passes of the ball together and
Giroud couldn't score we just couldn't score. Mertesacker had a horrible game, our attackers were anonymous, the stadium seemed flat; basically everything that could go wrong, did go wrong. In fairness, Monaco did counter very well; but it's easy to do that against a team who couldn't score no matter how many chances they had and also had their slowest defender pushing up as a midfielder. Any team in the world could have bet us that night.
I just hope tomorrow that we go through, because I have had enough of this heroic losing nonsense; there is no heroic loss against Monaco. If we go out and beat them 0-2, so what? It's not like we beat the team that's going to go on and win the tournament, again no offence intended. The loss against Monaco hit me harder than even the 0-6 thrashing away to Chelsea last season; it was a horrible night and it seems to have equally hurt the rest of the fan base. No, I didn't expect to beat Monaco easily at all, there defensive record speaks for itself, but I did expect it to be a close two legged affair, with maybe one goal in the difference, I certainly didn't expect either team to be virtually out of the competition after the first leg.
I had high hopes for this seasons European campaign, not necessarily that they would win it, but that we would put in a good showing. I can accept losing to a better team, but I just don't accept what happened three weeks ago, it wasn't good enough. It's time for the players to stand up now and give the fans the result they deserve.
Our away fans have been excellent again this season, (the fact that Spurs couldn't sell there allocation on a Sunday afternoon and we managed to bring 9,000 on a Monday night to Old Trafford, speaks volumes), and they will all be out there again tomorrow night hoping we go through. The way I see it, we are out of the competition and we need to score at least 3 goals to qualify. I think that's the way the players should look at it.
I really think that there is a good chance we could beat Monaco 3-0, think about it; forget the first leg ever happened, if we were playing them tomorrow in that first leg and won 3-0, would many people be that surprised? No I don't think so. Let's just go out there and get the result that I think we're more than capable of getting. After all, wouldn't that also be the most Arsenal thing ever?
Right that's it for today, I will be back tomorrow with a more conventional preview, so come back for that. Let me know what you think in the comments, i'm intrigued to hear people's opinion on the game tomorrow.
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Have a good night,
Subjectively, Cosmic Kid.