Theo Walcott reckons Arsenal can do the unthinkable and beat Barcelona in the Champions League.
Whether he’s simply hiding his doubt by exuding confidence or genuinely believes the Gunners can overcome their two-goal deficit isn’t clear.
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Even Laurent Koscielny thinks Arsenal have five per cent chance of reaching the quarter-finals.
In order to do that they must score three goals and hope that Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar score none. Given that Barcelona scored six at the weekend without Suarez, their chances are pretty slim.
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But perhaps Walcott is right to be optimistic. Arsenal fans would rather see him and his teammates play with belief rather than not try at all.
The Gunners have already beaten the odds once this season. Back in December, they needed to beat Olympiacos by two clear goals to progress from Group F. An Olivier Giroud hat-trick helped them secure a 3-0 win in Greece.
Remember the Olympiacos performance
Walcott admitted Arsenal need to draw upon that impressive win at the Camp Nou tonight.
“We need to be the same sort of attitude we had in the Olympiacos game - we went for it, were fully committed and caught them on the break,” he said, per the Mirror. “We are going to have to play that same game.
“We are going to have to be very patient obviously but the most important thing is to keep it 0-0 for as long as possible and who knows?
“Everyone wrote us off at Olympiacos - I know it is a completely different opposition - but if the confidence, spirit and work rate is there, then why not?”
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Arsenal succumbed to a 2-0 defeat at the Emirates Stadium in the first leg but Barcelona had to wait until the 71st minute to open the scoring.
And Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Olivier Giroud were guilty of missing good opportunities to give the hosts the lead.
Walcott, 27, reckons that had Arsenal not made a few mistakes, they might be heading to the Camp Nou with a lead.
“To be honest, looking back on it now, it was there for the taking,” he continued. “It really was. We have to be very positive.
“It was only a few costly mistakes that meant we ended up losing the first leg but we can’t dwell on that.”
Arsene Wenger has come under scrutiny following Arsenal’s late collapse. In the past three weeks the Frenchman has seen his Premier League dreams fade, while Watford knocked the Gunners out of the FA Cup on Sunday.
He can guarantee himself another few seasons in charge, as well as a statue outside the Emirates Stadium, by beating Barcelona tonight.
What tactics should Wenger use tonight? Have your say in the comments section below!
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