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Arsene Wenger: Arsenal have to 'make stats lie' against Monaco

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Wenger: We can do it (1:19)

Arsene Wenger is confident his side can reach the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League despite needing to overturn a 3-1 first leg deficit. (1:19)

Arsene Wenger has said Arsenal can make history by overcoming Monaco to reach the Champions League quarterfinals and "have to give absolutely everything to make the stats lie."

The Gunners lost the first leg of the round-of-16 clash 3-1 at the Emirates Stadium, and no side has ever gone on to progress after losing a Champions League home leg by that scoreline.

Arsenal's task is made even more daunting by the fact that Monaco have not conceded a goal at the Stade Louis II in their three games in the competition so far.

But Wenger believes his side -- who have not reached the quarterfinals since 2009-10 -- can upset the odds in Monaco.

"The statistics are against us," he said. "The result in the first leg is against us. We are conscious about that.

"But no matter how big the percentage is, we have to give absolutely everything to make the stats lie -- that is our desire and belief that we can do it.

"We want to give everything to have the greatest performance on the pitch. If we did not believe we could do it, we would not be here."

The Gunners might have taken a more positive result to Monaco had Olivier Giroud not missed a host of chances in the first leg.

The France international has scored three goals since, and Wenger believes he will be determined to put things right in the second leg.

"Giroud actually owes the revenge to himself. He owes a great performance for himself," the manager said.

"He missed a few opportunities in the first leg, but what striker doesn't miss an opportunity? He has the ability and the right mental level."

Information from the Press Association was used in this report.