Arsenal continued their recent run of positive domestic form with a 2-1 victory over Queens Park Rangers last night, bolstering their chances of finishing in the top four further.
However, a 3-1 home defeat to Monaco in the first leg of the club’s Champions League tie still sticks in the memory of the Emirates Stadium faithful, with the London club facing an uphill battle to claw the deficit back in France.
With the Gunners potentially set to exit the European competition for the fifth consecutive time at this stage, former Arsenal enforcer and member of the Invincibles side Gilberto Silva has spoken out about the clash with Monaco.
The Brazilian has stressed that the players must get behind manager Arsene Wenger and believe that they can win every game that they play.
“It is a big task for the manager. Arsene will always make a plan for his side, he will have watched the opponents and will have known their strengths and weaknesses and how he wants his team to play," the South American is quoted as saying by The London Evening Standard.
“But when the game goes wrong, like it did against Monaco, it is really tough.
“You never want to lose a Champions League game at home and it is not going to be easy for them to change the situation in their favour.
“If you play for Arsenal you must believe every time it is possible. They need to believe they can win the game and get through.
“It would be a massive achievement but not just for Arsene, for every player in the club. Of course he came close against Barcelona in 2006 and for his career it would be really important.
“It is not an easy thing though, he knows that. They need to be in very good shape and not make any mistakes to get through the competition.”
Arsenal have an FA Cup clash with Manchester United and a Premier League game against London rivals West Ham before the trip to the Principality.
The Gunners’ win at Loftus Road keep the club in third place in the table, a point ahead of United and four adrift of second-placed Manchester City.