March 15, 2015 08:54:21 UK
Arsene Wenger says Arsenal must believe that they can turn around their Champions League tie with Monaco, while admitting the French side are favourites to progress.
The Gunners head to the Stade Louis II trailing 3-1 in their last-16 tie, but former Monaco boss Wenger is confident of a good showing after a 2-1 FA Cup win at Manchester United was backed up by a 3-0 Premier League victory at home to West Ham.
If you have no belief, you have no chance. We have to believe that we can do it.
He told reporters: “We have come out of a good week, because we have played at Manchester United, we have played the London derby and we need the belief to prepare well for Monaco. Let’s do that and after we will see.
“If you have no belief, you have no chance. We have to believe that we can do it. This time Monaco are favourites so we have to go there (and) give absolutely everything.”
Arsenal can be backed at 7.00 to reach the Champions League quarter-finals and are 21.00 to win 3-0 in 90 minutes on Tuesday evening, with Monaco 1.10 to progress to the last eight at the expense of Wenger’s side.
Meanwhile, the Gunners have closed to within a point of second-placed Manchester City in the Premier League, with Wenger urging his side to keep up their fine run of form in the closing weeks of the campaign.
He added: “We just have to keep going. We have won eight of the last nine and we are stronger today than we were at the start of the season.
“We dropped off in this league because we won one of six at the start of the season. Today we are a different team.”
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