Arsenal legend Robert Pires believes that the Gunners need to play the perfect game in order to make it through to the quarter finals of the Champions League against AS Monaco, reports the Daily Star.
The North London club need to score at least three times against the Ligue 1 side after losing the first leg 1-3 at the Emirates two weeks ago. This is against a side that have only conceded twice in the whole of the Champions League, and five in their last 15 games of any competition.
Pires has likened the situation to when they lost 0-3 to Inter Milan in the groups stage in 2003. The Gunners went on to win 1-5 in the away fixture, with Arsene Wenger also masterminding that comeback.
The Frenchman said: “In my opinion it was an accident against Monaco. It’s not finished. Arsenal still have a great opportunity to go through. I think anything is possible. But they need to play the perfect game. If you score early you can put pressure on the Monaco players. When we played Inter Milan we lost 3-0 at home but we went there and won 5-1. That just shows that anything is possible.”
Arsenal will also need a big performance from striker Olivier Giroud if they are to go through to the next round. The striker has scored in every game since the first leg against the French side where he had a terrible game, missing several key chances.
The club hero said: “Giroud scores in the big games. He loves it. I hope he will score in this one. He is in a good run of form.”