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Wenger still coy on team plans for Monaco game

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is coy over his plans for the side’s Champions League match against Monaco, due to be held on the 17th of March. When asked whether he would be starting with the duo of Santi Cazorla and Danny Welbeck at Monaco, or not, the Frenchman said that he hasn’t decided on that as yet. Both the players were introduced as late-game subs in the side’s match against West Ham United. However, they did play in the FA Cup quarter final match against Manchester United right from the start.

Wenger was quoted telling reporters: “I haven’t decided yet [whether he will start with Cazorla and Welbeck, or not]. You have to take that a little bit with perspective because the game [against West Ham] was more open, they were fresh when they came on and they have the quality of course.”

The manager also said that the reason he didn’t start with Cazorla in the West Ham game is because he has played in every single game for the Gunners since the season started.

Wenger also refused to reveal who would start as the striker for the Monaco game, with Olivier Giroud also being in good form right now.

Meanwhile, talking about Arsenal’s chances of progressing to the quarter finals of the Champions League now, Wenger said that the team need to have belief in themselves to have a chance of doing so. He said that they need to believe that they can make it, and they need to give in their all for it. He admitted that Monaco are the favourites to advance to the next round from their tie right now, and that the side need to go there and to do everything that they can to get a favourable result there.

Monaco defeated Arsenal 3-1 at the Emirates Stadium in the first leg.