Monaco icons focus on Arsenal

UEFA Champions League
14/03/2015

AS Monaco legends Glenn Hoddle and Mark Hateley returned to the principality and spoke to The Ligue 1 Show on beIN SPORTS ahead of Arsenal's arrival for Tuesday's Champions League clash.

Hoddle and Hateley were two rare English export success stories of the 1980s, arriving in Monaco together in 1987. Arsene Wenger was in charge at the Stade Louis II at the time, and with Hoddle pulling the strings in midfield and Hateley punishing opposition defences, the current Arsenal boss brought the Ligue 1 title to the principality in the duo's first season on the other side of The Channel.

Those memories mean Wenger will no doubt feel more than a touch of nostalgia when he brings his current charges to Monaco on Tuesday with the Gunners still reeling from their 3-1 first-leg defeat in the last 16 tie.

"It will be an emotional game for Arsene Wenger, to return here. Difficult," said Hoddle, who played for four years under Wenger. "Arsenal are playing very well now, they're quick and technical, but AS Monaco are tough defensively."

Hateley: 'Good game'

Leonardo Jardim's men have conceded just two goals in seven matches in the competition, and Hateley feels the second leg - in which Arsenal need to score at least three times to progress to the last eight - will be a case of whether the visitors' vaunted attack can undo the hosts' watertight rearguard.

"I think the two sides are very different," said the former England international striker, who spent one season less than Hoddle at Monaco.

"I think Arsenal are obviously very attacking minded, like to go forward and score lots of goals. I think Monaco are very, very well organised defensively, they are a good group, they play with great discipline. So it'll be a fascinating game. A good game to watch."

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