Arsenal will be on mission impossible duty when they travel to the south of France to take on Monaco in the second leg of their European Champions league last 16 clash.
Trailing 3-1 from the first leg at home, the Gunners, so impressive in the league and domestic cup in recent weeks following strong wins over Manchester United and West Ham United, will have to create history by becoming the first team to qualify by scoring more than one goal in the away leg.
Their task has been made all the more difficult given Monaco’s recent good form. The principality, with three clean sheets at home in the group stages, are currently in the midst of a strong run that includes just four defeats in their last 26 games.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has never lost in France however and he maintains “self-belief” will be key to any Gunners progress.
“Monaco is in a very strong position, but we have experience, the desire and belief we can do it,” said Wenger.
“We want to give everything to have the greatest performance on the pitch. If we did not believe we could do it, we would not be here.
“The statistics are against us. The result in the first leg is against us. We are conscious about that.
“But no matter how big the percentage (chance) is, we have to give absolutely everything to make the stats lie that is our desire and belief that we can do it.”
The North London side are set to be boosted by the return of defender Gabriel Paulista after a hamstring injury.
Mikel Arteta has also returned to training after his ankle injury, however Tomas Rosicky has now travelled with the squad after illness while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (hamstring) and Jack Wilshere (ankle) remain out.