By Chris Harris
Wojciech Szczesny has not given up on the Champions League - but he admits that Arsenal's hopes are hanging by a thread.
The Polish goalkeeper was beaten four times as an impressive AC Milan side took a giant step towards the quarter-finals on a hugely-disappointing night in the San Siro.
Some will feel the second leg at Emirates Stadium is a formality and Szczesny appreciates the size of the task facing Arsenal, but he is not ruling out a famous comeback.
"It's not impossible to come back but it's going to be very difficult," he told Arsenal Player.
"Milan showed how good they are tonight and it's going to be very difficult. We showed last week against Blackburn how good we can be if we are on the front foot and if we manage to score an early goal then anything can happen.
"We have quality attacking players and we can score goals so why not? But we have to realise that it's going to be really, really difficult.
"It was a very difficult night and it's hard to take right now. We have to admit that Milan were the better team and they completely deserved the victory. It's hard to take but hopefully we can pick ourselves up.
"We're full of belief that we can still have a successful season. It's a big blow for us tonight but I'm confident we'll pick ourselves up and do our best in all the games we have coming up."
Watch the full interview with Wojciech on Arsenal Player.Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 16 Feb 2012