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Four famous comebacks to inspire Arsenal

1 Queens Park Rangers v Partizan Belgrade, 1984

Even a four-goal lead is not insurmountable. Alan Mullery's QPR beat Partizan 6-2 in a UEFA Cup second-round first leg at Highbury after the plastic pitch at Loftus Road was not approved by UEFA. It should have been enough, but it wasn't. In the cauldron of the Stadion FK Partizan, they were swamped and beaten 4-0. "It was an absolute catastrophe for QPR," Mullery said. "It wasn't long afterwards that I got the sack."

2 Real Madrid v Borussia

Monchengladbach, 1985

Another UEFA Cup match: Gladbach beat Madrid 5-1 at home but the force of Madrid in front of 95,000 in the Bernabeu was too much. Carlos Santillana and Jorge Valdano scored two each, Santillana completing the 4-0 rout.

3 AC Milan v Deportivo la

Coruna, 2004

Milan have blown a good lead before. Despite going 1-0 down early on, they tore through Deportivo to win a Champions League quarter-final first leg 4-1 at San Siro. The reigning European champions, starring Kaka, Andrei Shevchenko and all the rest, went to the Riazor full of confidence. But they were beaten 4-0; a game that might just be on the minds of Alessandro Nesta or Clarence Seedorf this evening .

4 and Wenger's favourite ...

Monaco v Brugge, 1988

A 39-year-old Arsene Wenger took his Monaco side to Bruges for a European Cup second-round first leg but lost 1-0. The second leg, played in the Stade Louis II, was quite different. His team, inspired by Glenn Hoddle, were rampant, beating Brugge 6-1.

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