Arsenal have what it takes to make history tonight and advance to the Champions League quarter-finals, despite losing the first leg of the last-16 clash with Monaco 3-1 at the Emirates Stadium, according to Robert Pires.
The Gunners travel to the Ligue 1 side in the knowledge that they must score at least three goals to have any chance of beating the Mediterranean outfit, which is a feat that no team in the history of the tournament has managed in the knockout phase.
However, Pires – who was a key member of the Gunners’ Invincibles team – feels that his old side can make up for the “accident” that was their performance against Monaco first time around and make it into the next round:
“In my opinion it was an accident against Monaco. It’s not finished. Arsenal still have a great opportunity to go through.” He told the Daily Star.
“I think anything is possible. But they need to play the perfect game. If you score early you can put pressure on the Monaco players.
“When we played Inter Milan we lost 3-0 at home but we went there and won 5-1. That just shows that anything is possible.”
Pires also believes that Olivier Giroud – who has netted 13 goals in all competitions this term – will play a big part for his former side:
“Giroud scores in the big games. He loves it. I hope he will score in this one. He is in a good run of form.”