Mesut Ozil believes Arsenal can reach Champions League quarter-finals

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Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil believes his side can still qualify for the Champions League quarter-finals despite losing the first leg 3-1.

The Germany international, whose performances have picked up since his return from injury, says Arsenal must score early to give themselves the best possible chance of advancing to the next round.

The Gunners need to score at least three goals at Stade Louis II on Tuesday evening - but despite the monumental task facing them, Ozil is confident his team can produce a miracle.

Ozil: We must score early

"It's very important to score early, but we will remain patient," Ozil told Arsenal's official website. "We want to fight and battle from the first minute until the last.

"This is a match that we are determined to win. We have to score three goals and our aim is to do just that while remaining tight in defence.

"If we play as we are capable of doing in Monaco, I still believe that we have a real chance to progress."

Ozil wants a repeat of United performance

Ozil added that Arsenal's recent FA Cup victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford is evidence they have what it takes to make a proper match of Tuesday night's Champions League second leg.

“We want to disrupt their rhythm and try to score as early as possible," the former Real Madrid star continued. "It’s going to be difficult to score three times because they have defended well in the tournament so far, but if you look at our past matches and the way we played against Manchester United last week, I think there’s a chance we can still progress.

“We have to believe in yourselves. When you believe in yourselves, a positive energy grows that you can achieve your aims. In football, things that may look unlikely can happen.

“I know that if we believe in ourselves and utilise our potential, we can still go through.”

Arsenal can qualify - but need some luck

Arsenal, perhaps surprisingly, are priced at around 5/1 to advance to the quarter-finals on Tuesday night.

This suggests the bookmakers are worried Arsenal may do enough on the night to progress, although it must be noted they are facing a team who have conceded just two goals in this season's Champions League campaign.

Monaco advanced to the knockout rounds after securing 11 points from a possible 18 - scoring four and conceding one in the process - and then went on to record an unexpected 3-1 win at the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal, on paper, have the players to seriously test Monaco - even away from home - but they will need to produce a markedly improved performance from last month's dismal first leg.

Tuesday night's match is not just a major test for the Arsenal players but also their manager Arsene Wenger, who was heavily criticised after the first leg.

Arsenal are not expected to qualify for the quarter-finals, so in a way they enter the match with little pressure on them.

But they will be expected to win the match. And should they do that they'll give themselves every chance of progressing to the next round.

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