Five reasons Arsenal can beat AC Milan

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There's little doubt that with a four-goal lead to overturn, Arsenal supporters are right to be more than pessimistic heading into Tuesday's Champions League last-16 second leg against AC Milan.

The Rossenari cut through The Gunners in the San Siro three weeks ago, with Kevin-Prince Boateng knocking the stuff out of Arsene Wenger's side with a stinging volley, Robinho trebling the lead either side of half-time with two stylish finishes, before Zlatan Ibrahimovic crowned his best performance against an English club with a fourth from the spot.

However, those expecting another mauling at The Emirates Stadium should approach their judgement with caution. Arsenal are a wounded animal, and are unlikely to reproduce the sort of performance which saw them downed in Milan.

If that's not enough for those downbeat Arsenal fans, here's five others reasons Wenger's side can do the impossible.

Deportivo La Coruna 4-0 AC Milan

Milan have a history of throwing away substantial first-leg leads, in fact the biggest ever in the competitions history. Heading to the Riazor with a 4-1 lead, virtue of Kaka's double, Andriy Shevchenko's wonder strike and Andrea Pirlo's free-kick, the holders had a seemingly unassailable lead as they closed in on the semi-finals.

However, the La Liga misfits staged a remarkable second-leg comeback to send Carlo Ancelotti's side crashing out. Arsenal will have the opportunity to ask, and remind Clarence Seedorf, the only surviving member of that side who will feature tonight, of the pain.

Arsenal's recent run

The Gunners have closed what was a 13-point gap from Tottenham Hotspur to just four in six weeks after loosing all three of their league games in January. A slight blip occurred in the FA Cup against Sunderland, but wins against Aston Villa in the third round, Blackburn Rovers, Sunderland, Spurs and recently Liverpool all in the league is a signal the club have turned things right around. Furthermore, Wenger's side have averaged five goals a game during their last three home wins.

Champions League scoring record

Arsenal have as fearsome a scoring record in the Champions League as any side in the competitions recent history. In the last 12 seasons in the Champions league, the club have on 12 occasions scored enough goals in a match which would tonight see them at least earn extra time, seven of those occasions occurring in the last three seasons. Their average suggests that they're due scoring four or more goals during a game in this campaign.

Robin van Persie

The Dutch striker's hot streak doesn't appears to be letting up, and after firing a blank against Milan in the first leg, with the brilliance of Christian Abbiati the difference in keeping the deficit at four. Any fears he may begin to slow in the twilight of the season were rubbished on Saturday with a delightful double against Liverpool. Milan will be fearful of handing Van Persie any more chances on Tuesday, with the 28-year-old possessing a better goal-per-shot average than both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo this term. Any Arsenal comeback will be sparked by his goals.

Milan in England

The Italian's have a dismal record in European ties on English soil. In 16 meetings Milan have one victory, against Manchester United in 2005, while they've endured nine defeats the most recent of which came against United just two years ago. A repeat of that 4-0 win will earn Arsenal a reprieve in the tie, and with five of that side who fell apart at Old Trafford having played for Milan three weeks ago, Arsenal will be hoping to jog some memories.

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