Posted on Wednesday, 29th February 2012 by Tony Merakli
13 days ago, after that disastrous night in Milan, Mikel Arteta said:
‘Never say never in football.
‘If we score two goals in the first half at the Emirates then it is game on. After last night, it will be very difficult to get through and we all know that.’
Yesterday, two days after we beat Spurs 5-2, the 30-year-old midfielder was quoted in The Sun saying:
‘Sunday was perhaps our best match of the season because we demonstrated that this team is not dead.
‘Do we need a miracle against Milan? No – only to play and to score, to score, to score.
‘Now the Italians will think that the tie is not yet decided and that is good for us.
‘To fight for fourth position in the table is our minimum obligation but the Champions League is still not over.’
Now at the time I thought the Spaniard had completely lost his mind when we said that we’re still in with a chance of getting by Milan, probably he still is. I genuinely thought he was having a laugh, albeit trying to put a positive twist on things.
However, after seeing the Gunners put FIVE past the Spuds on Sunday, I am starting to believe that perhaps we CAN overturn it in the second leg and progress to the quarter-finals of the Champions League! I know. I’ve lost it right?
If we can produce the same type of performance we did over the weekend, whilst being clinical in front of goal and air-tight at the back, four goals, which would take the tie into extra-time, is achievable.
Of course, Milan boasts, in my opinion, the best defensive line in the world and goals will be harder to come by. But like I said, if our forward line is on point and our midfielders provide creativity while we remain focused at the back then goals are foreseeable.
We really have nothing to lose do we? We can either play it safe, pick up a 2-0 victory or something like that, go out of the Champions League, but say on Twitter ‘well at least we didn’t lose at home’, or, we can go out there on Tuesday night all guns blazing and try to achieve what would be the greatest comeback in football history. I know which I would prefer.
Miracles do happen and Arsenal CAN overturn this tie if we perform superbly and lady luck shines on us! It will be a hard, but it can be done!
I think I have the Mikel Arteta syndrome coursing through my veins! Let’s beat Liverpool on Saturday first and then focus on the task at hand next Tuesday!
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