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Aaron Ramsey believes Arsenal are capable of Monaco fightback

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Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey believes that the Gunners are more than capable of scoring the three goals required to complete an epic turnaround in their Champions League revenge mission against Monaco, if they play to their maximum on the French riviera tomorrow night.

Ramsey was back in the starting XI for last weekend's 3-0 win over West Ham United and scored for the first time since December in that comfortable victory, by a scoreline which if it can be repeated against Monaco will be enough to through to the quarter-finals against all the odds.

No team in Champions League history has overturned a two-goal deficit from a first leg away from home, but Ramsey believe a side now playing with confidence can defy the odds if they execute the perfect game plan in the Cote d'Azur.

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Could momentum be key?

After shining against the Hammers the Welshman was asked by Sky Sports if he genuinely believed Arsenal could come from 3-1 down to do the business against Monaco, responding: "We are more than capable of scoring three goals. We scored three on Saturday and we believe in ourselves.

"We had a sloppy first leg and we have made it quite difficult for ourselves, but it is not over yet.

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"We will go there and try to score three or more goals and hopefully not concede any, that is our target and is how we will approach it.

"We will go into the game believing we can achieve that."

Arsenal need performance of the season

You can't blame Ramsey for extenuating the positives ahead of what looks close to mission impossible for Arsenal, particularly with Monaco not representing the most daunting opposition despite that shock first-leg loss at the Emirates.

Monaco are defensive excellent and set up to punish on the counter, as Arsenal found out to their cost last month, but its not beyond the realms of possibility that the Gunners could score early and suddenly make the tie very interesting.

Schalke showed what's possible against the odds by scoring four at the Bernabeu last week, which despite proving a losing effort on aggregate should serve as further reason for Ramsey to be bullish about Arsenal's chances.

Ultimately a win on the night and classic heroic exit in the knockout stages still looks most likely for Wenger's side, but with goals galore in recent matches they can still dare to dream 24 hours ahead of a serious test of their credentials.

Arsenal fans, do the Gunners have any chance of exacting revenge on Monaco tomorrow night? Should Ramsey start after playing so well last weekend against West Ham? Let us know by having your say in the comment box below!

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