Koscielny: This is the percentage chance Arsenal have of qualifying against Barcelona
Laurent Koscielny says Arsenal have a five per cent chance of reaching the Champions League quarter-finals
Laurent Koscielny believes that Arsenal have a five per cent chance of qualifying for the quarter-finals of the Champions League at Barcelona’s expense.
The north London side head into the game on the back of a miserable run of form, with Arsene Wenger’s men having only won one of their last seven games in all competitions.
Arsenal were dumped out of the FA Cup at the hands of Watford on Sunday afternoon as they were beaten 2-1 in the quarter-finals at Emirates Stadium.
And the Gunners have their work cut out heading into the return leg of their Champions League last 16 tie, with Arsenal having lost the opening game 2-0 at The Emirates last month.
Koscielny could make his return from injury against the Catalan side and accepts that Barcelona are the huge favourites to qualify.
Speaking to Arsenal’s website, Koscielny said: “We need to play the second leg away at Barca and we have nothing to lose.
“People always talk about the statistics and I think we have maybe a five per cent chance to qualify.
“You know, when you play against the best players in the world, the best team with a good collective side, it’s very important for us. It can be very important if we can have a [good] result.
“They have a lot of quality, they can have a lot of possession during the game and when they accelerate with their top players, they create chances.
“We need to play with freedom and believe in our quality because we did well during the first six months of this season. I don’t see why we can’t [play like that] against Barcelona and for the rest of the season.”
Arsenal travel to Everton in the Premier League on Saturday lunchtime.