By Chris Harris

If Arsenal upset the odds tonight it won't be the first time Arsène Wenger has seen AC Milan lose a Champions League second leg by four goals.

The Italian giants head to Emirates Stadium as firm favourites to advance to the quarter-finals after a 4-0 first-leg victory at the San Siro three weeks ago.

But Arsenal can take heart from a last-eight tie from April 2004 when Deportivo La Coruna beat Milan 5-4 on aggregate despite trailing 4-1 before the home leg.

"I remember that game," said Wenger at his pre-match press conference. "I watched the whole game on the night.

"La Coruna at the time had a fantastic team, you know. They had Fran and Valeron, who was an exceptional player for me, he never got the rewards. The Brazilian players they had too: Mauro Silva, Djalminha... they had exceptional players.

"Sometimes when you made a big score [in the first leg], the difficulty is always psychological problems. When you have made a big difference you think you just need to turn up and make sure you defend well. And the other team has nothing to lose so they just go for it."

Deportivo went for it and became the first team to recover from a three-goal first-leg deficit in Champions League history. Arsenal must go one better and do what only three teams have managed in the history of UEFA competition.

A re-run of that incredible night at the Riazor would show them the way.

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6 Mar 2012