By Nick Ames
Carl Jenkinson believes that an early goal can spark a remarkable comeback for Arsenal this evening.
The Gunners are four goals down at the halfway stage of their tie against AC Milan so they have no time to lose as they try and claw their way back into contention for a quarter-final place.
But Jenkinson is adamant that Arsenal have the tools to repeat last month’s heroics against Tottenham.
“I don’t think goalscoring is a problem of ours, so if we can find the net early then I’m sure we can make a real go of it,” he told the Official Matchday Programme.
“Getting that early goal would be so vital - we scored five in our last home game and there’s no reason why we can’t do the same again tonight.
“Attacking-wise we’ve got some of the best players in the world, Robin van Persie’s on fire at the moment and we’ve got goals in us all over the pitch."
Despite the odds being well against the home side after a poor showing at the San Siro, Jenkinson insists that the word ‘impossible’ simply doesn’t feature in the team’s vocabulary.
“The way it panned out [in Milan] was tough,” he admitted. “An honest assessment would be that it was a poor performance from us, and it just wasn’t a good night all round for Arsenal.
“But one thing about this club is that we never say never. As a team we’ve got the ability to turn anything around, so we’ve got to have the mentality to go out there tonight and do exactly that.”
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