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Arsenal train guns at tough Monaco

WENGER-SWANSEALONDON, February 23- Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is expecting a tough game against Monaco in the Champions League, but is glad to head into the match on a good run of form.

The Gunners have won their last three in a row, most recently a 2-1 success over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Saturday that put them third in the Premier League.

Wenger now turns his attention to the Champions League and their round-of-16 meeting with Monaco. The first leg against Wenger’s former club is at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday, and the Frenchman knows how important it is to approach the game on the back of a win.

“We fought like mad to come back in a strong position in the [Premier League], and not to win would have been disastrous,” Wenger said.

“The spirit is there and we want to keep that as a very strong basis, the team has come up a level and we will see that with the results.

“The last 16 in recent years has been super tough. This is a 50/50 game. We know that Monaco are very tight defensively – they didn’t concede in the group stage against good teams.

“Of course it will be tricky, but a possible tie. I have enough experience to know that the most important game is this one, after, you think about the next one.”

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