‘The pressure is off them because few would expect them to overturn a four goal deficit.’
Wenger admitted that he felt humiliated and said to have torn into his squad over the humiliating display in Milan at London Colney the next day.
But Neill, who managed the Gunners from 1976 to 1983, believes those who played that night at the San Siro should look to redeem themselves at The Emirates tomorrow night:
‘You always want to atone for your errors. I think that is, generally, a basic human reaction. I hope those players remember what happened out there and want to make up for it.
‘I’d even like to think Rob the Arsenal chef would want to run out on that pitch in his whites and have a go. This is a time for everybody at the club to show some fight and go for it… if they give their best, who knows?’
Now I for one will sit down tomorrow night and, like all of you, hope to see a miracle unfold.
Milan will undoubtedly be favourites to progress through and rightly so. However, they may go into the game overconfident and complacency might kick in, just like in 2004 when they faced Deportivo La Coruna.
Milan humbled the Spanish side 4-1 at the San Siro in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final tie. But in the reverse fixture the Italians went 3-0 down at half-time in Spain. They later scored the fourth and Milan crashed out 5-4 on aggregate.
Now obviously times have changed and Milan do look a more agile and technical outfit than they once did. But miracles can and do happen.
If we can start off well and go in at half-time 2-0 up, who knows what can happen!
We have nothing to lose, so let’s go out their tomorrow night and go for the jugular!
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