Wenger clings to slim hope

March 06, 2012
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Arsene Wenger still believes his Arsenal side has a chance of reaching the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

The Gunners boss concedes that it is only a five per cent chance following last month's humiliating 4-0 defeat to AC Milan in the first leg of their last-16 encounter, but has refused to throw in the towel just yet. Arsenal are 66/1 to win the second leg 5-0 while a 3-0 victory to the home side is available at 18/1.

Since their drubbing in the San Siro, Arsenal have beaten both Tottenham and Liverpool in the Premier League to lift morale at the Emirates Stadium and revive hopes of claiming a top-four finish.

Wenger admitted: "I said I don't live in a dream world - that means I know we have not created an easy situation but, when you are a top-level competitor, even if statistically we have a five per cent chance, what is important is that we believe that we can be in this five per cent chance.

"That is what is at stake for us - to show that we have the quality to believe we can do it, even if it is only five per cent. Let us make sure that we do not miss our chance because we did not believe in it."

Mikel Arteta, Yossi Benayoun and Abou Diaby will all miss the clash against the Rossoneri, who are 12/1 to win the Champions League and 8/13 to clinch the Serie A title.

Former Everton midfielder Arteta has been told to rest for a week after taking a bang to the head against Liverpool, while Benayoun is struggling with a virus. Diaby has picked up a hamstring strain while Tomas Rosicky is a doubt with a groin problem.

Kieran Gibbs has been nursing a knock but trained on Monday morning and should be fit to play as long as he does not suffer any reaction on Tuesday.

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