Francis Coquelin believes that Moncaco served as a wake-up call to the Gunners.
Losing 3-1 at home in the Champions League, Arsneal were not only outscored but outplayed on the night.
Undefeated since that terrible evening, the Gunners have also managed to end Manchester United’s Old Trafford hoodoo over them and won their eighth straight home league match on Saturday against West ham, something they haven’t managed to do since November 2005.
Getting another start in the side, even though Mathieu Flamini is fit again, Coquelin had another strong game and he believes that Arsenal can turn the first-leg defect around, having had to change a lot of things because of the defeat.
Speaking to Arsneal.com he said
“It was a big blow when we lost 3-1 at home against Monaco.
“I don’t think anybody expected that but I think we pulled ourselves together, went to Manchester United in the FA Cup quarter-final and won 2-1 in a big game.
“It was another great performance against West Ham. Qualifying for the next round looks impossible but you never know in football. Hopefully we can get a great result over there and then move on to the next game.
“There’s quite a lot of things to change after you lose 3-1 at home, but we’ve done that in recent games. We haven’t conceded many goals and we’ve been scoring goals as well.
“We haven’t lost a game since Monaco and the confidence is high. We’re going to go there with great spirit and I think we can turn this result around.”
To score three in Monaco while keeping a cleansheet is certainly a massive ask, but the side couldn’t have asked for better preparation than the past week.
All they have to do is turn up and give it their best shot.
Who knows, surely one of these times we’re due?