Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is still holding a glimmer of hope going into Wednesday's Champions League second-leg tie against Bayern Munich, insisting that 'it is not mission impossible'.
The Gunners trail the Germans 3-1 from the first-leg and travel to Bavaria without many people even giving them a chance of upsetting the odds and progressing into the quarter-finals.
Wenger's side need to score at least three times to have any chance of progression but no side has managed that against Bayern this term, who are on an incredible run of form - winning their last 11 straight games.
But Wenger is refusing to accept defeat, telling the club website: "It is not mission impossible.
"It can be done, but first of all you need 100 per cent commitment, attitude and things to go your way. But usually football goes your way when you have the right attitude.
"There is a kind of feeling of 'let's really play with freedom'. Let's start strong. We have to create doubt in their mind and you only do that if you have a real go.
"The chance you have is to make insecure the certainty Bayern have at the moment. That you can only do if you perform at your best.
"We can have a real go without being silly. We can't think that the game lasts 30 minutes and throw everything forward from the first minute on. We want to be positive but also intelligent."
Arsenal have not played since that crushing 2-1 defeat to fierce-rivals Spurs nine days ago, a result that puts serious doubts over their qualification for a Champions League spot next season. But Wenger is seeing the extended period off as a positive and hopes his side will return replenished and full of optimism.
Wenger said: "We have practised a lot and prepared for this game. It came out of a very stressful period.
"Mentally it was good to have a little breather and refresh. And on the other side, on the football front, we could mix up recovery and preparation."
In serious jeopardy of a top-four finish and with surprising and humiliating defeats to lower-league opposition in the League and FA Cups, both trophies they could have easily been in the final for, this is the Gunner's only remaining hope of any silverware this season.
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