“We have a 5% chance,” – Arsenal v AC Milan preview

Updated: March 6, 2012

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said his side has a  ”5% chance”  of overturning the 0-4 deficit they face against AC Milan at the Emirates in their Last 16 UEFA Champions League tie.  He has stated that wiping out the deficit would rank as one of the greatest ever achievements by Arsenal Football Club.

In his 16 seasons as manager, Wenger, 62, has claimed the English game’s top prizes, winning the double twice and going through the 2003-’04 Premier League campaign unbeaten as well as reaching the 2005-’06 UEFA Champions League Final.  However;  overturning the four goal deficit against AC Milan would rank up their with all of that according to the French man.

Arsenal will give late fitness tests to Yosi Benaiyoun and Tomas Rosicky ahead of the fixture.  Benaiyoun is suffering from a virus while Rosicky has yet to shake off a groin strain which ruled him of the Czech Republic’s friendly with the Republic of Ireland as well as Arsenal’s victory over Liverpool at the weekend.

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Arsenal are set to be without a number of other first team regulars with Abou Diaby (hamstring) and Mikel Arteta (concussion) Francis Coquelin (hamstring), Per Mertesacker (ankle) and Andre Santos (ankle) all to miss out against AC Milan.

Speaking at the eve of match press conference;   Wenger knows he is facing an uphill task:   “I don’t live in a dream-world but even if statistically we only have a 5% chance, what is important is that we believe that we can be in this 5% chance,” Wenger said.

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