• This is the first ever competitive meeting between Arsenal and Monaco.
  • Auxerre are the last French team to beat Arsenal, it was in the 2002/03 Champions League group stages (2-1 at Highbury).
  • Arsenal are the only team, alongside Real Madrid, to have reached the knockout stages of the Champions League in every season since the new format in 2003/04. They have however been knocked out in the last 16 in each of the last four seasons.
  • Arsenal have always knocked out French clubs in European competition : in the 1969/70 Fairs Cup third round against Rouen, in the 1993/94 Cup Winners Cup semi-finals against PSG, in the 1994/95 Cup Winners Cup quarter finals against Auxerre and in the 1999/00 UEFA Cup last 32 and semi-finals against Nantes and Lens respectively.
  • Arsenal haven’t conceded a single goal at the Emirates in three Champions League games against French opposition.
  • Monaco hadn’t reached the knockout stages of the Champions League since 2004/05 when they were eventually eliminated out by PSV Eindhoven in the last 16.
  • Monaco have gone through against English clubs in their last three knockout encounters : in the 1996/97 UEFA Cup quarter finals v Newcastle, in the 1997/98 Champions League quarter finals v Manchester Utd and in the 2003/04 Champions League semi-finals v Chelsea.
  • Monaco have won none of their seven games away from home in the knockout stages of the Champions League (D2 L5).
  • Monaco are the last French team to reach the final of the Champions League. It was in 2004 when they lost 3-0 to José Mourinho’s Porto.
  • Monaco conceded one goal in this season’s group stages, the best defensive record. However, they only scored four goals, the lowest tally among the teams still left in the knockout stages. All four of their goals were scored from the 61st minute onwards.
  • Monaco have averaged the lowest possession in the Champions League this season among the 16 teams left in the competition (43.8%).
  • Alexis Sanchez has scored in each of his three Champions League games at the Emirates this season.
  • Arsène Wenger is the manager with the most games at both Arsenal and Monaco.