By Chris Harris

Arsène Wenger is quietly optimistic ahead of Tuesday's clash with AC Milan because his team has shown its prolific streak in recent weeks.

Arsenal need to overturn a four-goal deficit to take their place in the last eight of the Champions League but they have been in fine form on home soil, scoring five goals in 24 minutes against Blackburn and another five in 28 minutes against Tottenham.

Six of Arsenal's last 19 home wins in Europe have been by four goals or more and that is the kind of information that gives Wenger hope - even if Milan score an away goal.

"I love these statistics!" said the manager. "We can score, we can have a good edge in our game, so let's just go for it.

"We have it all to win because the result is written before we turn up, but we can change it.

"Nothing would be fatal [if Milan score]. If we have the attitude we had against Spurs then nothing is fatal, so we will just go for it."

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