Mesut Ozil believes Arsenal can reach the quarter-finals of the Champions League if they utilise their potential in attack.

Having lost 3-1 against Monaco at Emirates Stadium a fortnight ago, Arsène Wenger’s side must score at least three times in Monte Carlo if they are to stand any chance of progressing to the last eight of the tournament.

Ozil says confidence among the squad is high after their victory at Manchester United last Monday and the German is targeting an early goal on Tuesday night.

If we play as we are capable of doing in Monaco, I still believe that we have a real chance to progress

“It’s very important to score early, but we will remain patient,” Ozil said. “We want to fight and battle from the first minute until the last.

“This is a match that we are determined to win. We have to score three goals and our aim is to do just that while remaining tight in defence.

“If we play as we are capable of doing in Monaco, I still believe that we have a real chance to progress.

“We want to disrupt their rhythm and try to score as early as possible. It’s going to be difficult to score three times because they have defended well in the tournament so far, but if you look at our past matches and the way we played against Manchester United last week, I think there’s a chance we can still progress.”

“We have to believe in yourselves. When you believe in yourselves, a positive energy grows that you can achieve your aims. In football, things that may look unlikely can happen.

“I know that if we believe in ourselves and utilise our potential, we can still go through.”

Mesut Ozil and Alexis could hold the key in Monaco
Mesut Ozil and Alexis could hold the key in Monaco

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Nik Brumsack 14 Mar 2015