Arsene Wenger says he’s looking forward to returning to former club Monaco and revealed he’s not set foot in the Stade Louis II since being sacked in 1994.
The Frenchman won a Ligue 1 title and the Coupe de France during a successful seven year stint in the Principality and is still fondly remembered on the French Riviera for signing the likes of Glenn Hoddle, Mark Hateley, George Weah and Jurgen Klinsmann.
Reflecting on Arsenal’s favourable Champions League draw Wenger told Arsenal Player that the occasion will see old and new lives come together.
“We had very few chances to get Monaco and I think it’s a strange coincidence in life because I’ve spent 25 years of my life at Monaco and Arsenal together, so it’s a little bit like my life meets my life.
“It’s good as well because I go back to basically where I started. I’ve never [been back], because I was always very busy and since I’ve been here in England we’ve played every three days basically throughout the whole season. I’ve been back to the city a few times but never to the stadium.
Having avoided recent winners Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Barcelona, Wenger also spoke positively of Arsenal’s chances of progressing to the quarter-finals for the first time since 2010.
“Overall it’s an opportunity for us to get through to the quarter-final.
“Having said that, Monaco is a tough draw because they’ve come top out of a very tough group and that means it’s a signal for us to be ready to meet a tough team who defend very well and are very quick on counter-attacks. We need a good defensive performance against them.”
In advance of the match, Arseblog News will be petitioning the boss to sport an 80s-tastic shellsuit on the touchline. Something neon, with aggressive go-faster stripes and a wind vent…but with room for arms, unlike the odd one pictured above.
We’re pretty sure Vic Akers has got a few lying around in a cupboard somewhere.