Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is one step closer to his Champions League dream but he believes beating Manchester City over two legs has longer-term implications.
“This is a massive confidence booster for us. To beat City twice is no easy feat,” he said.
“We did it twice in a week and we also did it at an earlier stage this season.
“It just shows to us that when we are at the right level we can beat anyone in this league.
“Now it is on us — whoever we get in the next round — to go and prove we can beat people in Europe as well.
“People might say Roma [is the preference] but look what they did, they performed amazingly well.
“It doesn’t matter who we get, we have to make sure we are ready for anyone and we can beat anyone.”
“It is everything you dream of when you are a young lad,” he added. “You want to play in finals and they don’t come much bigger than the Champions League final so we’ve made my dream that one step closer by getting into the semifinals.
“That is what we want to do as professional athletes: get to as many finals and then when you get there you want to win.”