Arsenal’s only remaining chance of silverware this season lies with the Europa League, and should we go all the way it would become only the third European trophy in our history.
The Gunners won the Fairs Cup in 1970, and the Cup Winners Cup in 1994, but since then have lost two continental finals including the Champions League to Barcelona in 2006.
And not only does the Europa League mean tangible success, it also provides a backdoor into next season’s Champions League, so there’s a lot to play for.
That was something acknowledged by Aaron Ramsey in the build-up to tomorrow night’s second-leg clash with AC Milan, with the Welshman hammering home how crucial it is for what’s left of this campaign.
“It’s a massive opportunity for us,” he said, “so that’s something that we’re going to have to be prepared to give absolutely everything for to try and achieve.
“This game is very important for us and for our season. I think we’re into a stage then where anything is possible. You’re a few games away from a potential final.
“We’ll be giving everything tomorrow to make sure that we’re in the hat for the next round.”
And even with two away goals, there’s no danger of underestimating our illustrious opposition.
“I think that they’re a quality team,” he continued. “We’ve seen in the first game how good they are. It was quite a tight game even though we came away with a 2-0 victory.
“They’ve turned a corner as well with their new manager, so they’re on a bit of a good run and it’s going to be important for us to stay focused from the beginning.
“We can’t take this one lightly at all.”