Arsenal’s Champions’ League hopes lie in tatters after their drubbing in the San Siro two weeks ago, but in the Premier League, their form has been quite sensational, and their price of 11/10 offered by Bet365 (see below) to win tonight is sure to attract plenty of attention from punters.
Their 5-2 win over local rivals Tottenham a week ago was nothing short of miraculous, considering they were looking well beaten at 2-0 down midway through the first half.
But it is an even bigger miracle they are going to need if they are to overturn the 4-0 defeat they suffered the first leg of their tie against Milan.
Some might argue it is impossible.
The odds will certainly be stacked against Arsenal, going into the game at the Emirates on Tuesday, with Milan currently enjoying a run of form that is even better than the Gunners domestically – five wins on the bounce now.
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The scale of the task is made all the more apparent by the fact that, in the entire history of the the Champions’ League, only three teams have successfully overturned a four goal deficit from the first leg.
But the fact Arsenal managed to score five goals in the space of 30 minutes against a Tottenham side who beat AC Milan last season, will be enough to ensure Massimiliano Allegri will not be letting his players slack ahead of the game.
Arsenal have a number of injury problems going into the game, with Mikel Arteta, Abou Diaby, Yossi Benayoun and Kieran Gibbs all doubts for the game.
Milan are boosted by the return from injury of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who marked his comeback from a short-term injury with a hat-trick in Milan’s 4-0 win over Palermo at the weekend.
Ibrahimovic caused Wenger’s men untold anguish in the first leg, and another big performance from him could confirm Milan’s passage into the next round.
Arsenal must make a bright start – the first goal is crucial. If it goes to the Gunners, they will start to believe that the “impossible is possible,” as Arsene Wenger put it. If it goes to Milan, however, that will effectively be the final nail in the coffin of Arsenal’s Champions’ League dream.