Gary Neville believes we are more than capable of overcoming the odds and progressing ahead of AS Monaco this Tuesday evening, but claims we have to start showing we can perform on the big stage, as reported by Sky Sports.
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The former Manchester United man wasn’t well loved as a player, but is adored as a pundit.
He is unquestionably one of, if not the, best pundit around, so it actually means something when he proclaims Arsenal’s football “the best football in the country”.
“Arsenal’s result against West Ham is what they do. I was at the Emirates two weeks ago when they played Aston Villa and they destroyed them,” he said.
“The football they play is absolutely brilliant, it’s the best football in the country in terms of passing against a team at home who are struggling.
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“It is some of the best football you will see and you could say their performance against West Ham was a typical performance. That’s a massive compliment to them that they can play football like that regularly.
“But on Tuesday night, they are playing Monaco away in the Champions League and we’ve got to see it then.
“They have the capabilities of turning the tie around but they need to go and play the football we saw on Saturday. You expect Arsenal to do what they did to West Ham to similar teams at home, they have been doing it for many years.
“But Tuesday night is where it will really count against a team that are shrewd, have more quality, and are a Champions League team.
“Arsenal were really poor in the game a couple of weeks ago and Tuesday is the real test to see whether they can play that attractive brand of football in a really big match.”
We really shot ourselves in the foot with our performance against the Ligue 1 side in the first leg, and now we need to hope a one footed Arsenal are capable of scoring three goals away at Monaco.
The kind of form we’ve been showing as of late means it’s certainly not out of the question, and Neville is right when he says we are capable of pulling off the impossible.
We will need a top class performance however, with the likes of Olivier Giroud, Alexis Sanchez, Santi Cazorla, and Mesut Özil giving it their all.
Looking back to our 5-1 win over Inter Milan in the 2003-04, we can see that the impossible is sometimes possible.