AC Milan's Brazilian striker Robinho has told Arsene Wegner that his Gunners have very little chance of making a comeback, following their 0-4 defeat in the first leg of the two clubs' Champions League tie.
The Brazilian, whose comments were recorded in a Telegraph report, scored twice in the first leg to all but condemn Arsenal to an exit from the tournament, feels that despite recent improvement in form, the magnitude of the task ahead is difficult.
"Arsenal have improved since we beat them but it's almost impossible for them to turn this tie around, We were superior in the San Siro - 4-0 was a poor return. Robin van Persie is a great forward but he couldn't influence things. I don't think he'll play as well against us as he has in his last few league games," the Telegraph quoted the 28-year-old as saying.
"You don't like to accept getting beaten 4-0 in the Champions League. You just have to turn up - if you don't on the night and don't have the best performance and also no luck, then you have no chance. As a player, you can't really say why you don't turn up to a game. I think mentally we were ready," the Telegraph quoted Arsenal defender Kieran Gibbs as saying.
Wenger, meanwhile, belives his side still has a chance. An earlier IBTimes UK report suggested he may field a very attacking line-up for Tuesday night's game - Theo Walcott, Gervinho, the Ox and van Persie (of course) could all start.
"Basically, I have only two midfielders fit, that is Alex Song and Tomas Rosicky, which means we have to play with four strikers, I can play six strikers if I want. I have enough strikers. I can take a risk because I have no choice," he said, according to the Telegraph.
"Even if they should score, we have to ignore it and continue going. We have to gamble a bit and go forwards, opening ourselves up a bit. I have a gut feeling they can do it and my job until kick-off is to convince them they can do it. In the last two home games against Tottenham and Blackburn we scored 12. There is a real possibility," he added.
Meanwhile, AC Milan boss Massimiliano Allegri has told Wenger the Gunners will need to spend and bring in some star players if they are to see off their seven season trophy drought.
"For me it's impossible to win the title or Champions League without signing big players. You will never do it without big players. That goes for Arsenal, Milan or any big club. You must buy big," the Daily Mail quoted Allegri as saying.