Francis Coquelin backs Arsenal to progress

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Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin is confident his side can overturn a 3-1 first-leg defeat to Monaco and reach the Champions League quarter-finals.

The Gunners were dismantled at Emirates Stadium last month to leave their hopes of reaching the last eight hanging by a thread.

They travel to Stade Louis II on Tuesday needing to score three goals against the principality, a side that has conceded only six in its last 22 games in all competitions.

But Arsenal have won all four of their league and cup games since the defeat to Monaco – including an FA Cup success at Manchester United and a Premier League victory at home to West Ham – and their self belief is sky high according to Coquelin.

“It was a big blow when we lost 3-1 at home against Monaco,” he told the club’s website. “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 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.”

Arsenal can be backed at 5.34 to advance to the next round, while Monaco are priced at 1.15.

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