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Arsenal vs. AC Milan

Emirates Stadium

20/02/08

19:45GMT

On Sky

Arsenal V AC Milan Preview

Arsenal will be looking to bounce back from a dismal FA Cup exit when they welcome seven-time European champions, and current Champions League holders AC Milan to Ashburton Grove on Wednesday.

The Gunners have a massive point to prove on match day seven, and what better game to prove a point in than a Champions League knock out match against the Cup holders?

As Cesc pointed out in his pre-match press confrence, the players will not need any motivation to go out and get a result. That said, they will need to be at their absolute best - especially defensively. Milan have players like Kaka, Gilardino, Pato and Pirlo who are all capable of changing a game in a second, whether that be from a moment of technical genius, a superb free-kick or a towering header. Likewise, Arsenal have Fabregas, Hleb, Adebayor and Eduardo who are all equally capable of changing the game in a second.

I've been worried for a few weeks about this game, not because of the size of the task that awaits us on Wednesday, but because of the lack of respect some people have shown Milan in the build up to the game.

It's mainly been from fans, commenting on the age of the Milan team and their league posistion. More worrying are the comments made by Paul Merson last week. He said that Milan had a tough time against Celtic, so Arsenal would walk it against them. Naive words if I've ever heard them. I just hope that this lack of respect and over-confidence hasn't rubbed off onto any of the players.

Milan may be an ageing team, but they have vast experience, and that always counts for something in the Champions League, espically in the knock out rounds.

For all their attacking talent, Milan have hardly been scoring for fun in recent weeks. They've scored just six goals in their last six games while they have conceeded just one in that time. Last Six (all comps): P6 W4 D2 L0.

They've been far more ruthless in front of goal in the Champions League scoring 13 goals in their 6 group games. They won four of them, drew one and lost one.

Five of Arsenal's last six have been brilliant. They've been scoring, not conceeding. Then we played united. I don't need to tell you about that game. Last six (all comps): P6 W5 D0 L1.

Like AC Milan, Arsenal lost only one of their group matches, a 3-1 reverse away to Sevilla. They scored a tastey 16 goals in those six games.

Vital Quotes:

Milan midfielder Andrea Pirlo believes his team's experience will see them into the next round ahead of Arsenal: 'We are the champions and this can influence our opponents. But our experience should be the key to winning the game against Arsenal, said the Italian.'

'They have a lot of young players but they have been playing as if they were veterans of the game and have competed well in the big competitions.

'We are optimistic going into this game but we know we will need to be at our best over the two legs to get through.

'The game against Arsenal will be the most interesting tie in this round of the Champions League. I think that we are going to give great spectacle to the fans in the two games.'


Arsenal's midfield maestro Cesc Fabregas share my view that Milan have the ability to destroy a team from nothing: 'We have to be careful because of the experience they have. They can kill us in a minute.

'I really like Pirlo to be honest. He's a great player, very intelligent and a great passer of a ball. He's always looking at the best solution. There's also Kaka, who had a great year last year, and we'll have to be careful of him.

'They have many strengths not just those two. They have players who work hard for the team and they're one of the best midfields in Europe.


He also believes the team can get a win - if they're at their best: 'But we've been meeting clubs like Milan in recent years - Juventus, Real Madrid - and we know we can do it. However we'll have to be at our best.'

Arsenal Team News:

Arsenal recieved a massive fitness boost ahead of Milan's visit. Adebayor, Clichy, Denilson, Sagna, Senderos and Walcott will all return to the squad for Arsenal.

There is still some bad news. Arsenal will be missing six players still. Song, Almunia, Van Persie, Djourou, Rosicky and Diaby are all still missing for Arsenal.

Eduardo could find himself playing out wide, with Hleb tucked inside to help contain AC Milan's midfield threat.

Player to watch: Cesc Fabregas

With a five-man midfield likely, Cesc will have the extra protection and freedom he thrives on in the Champions League.

He'll fulfill his fair share of defensive duties, but he'll be looking to pull the strings in Milan's half at the same time. Something we all know he can do.

AC Milan Team News:

Milan will definantly be missing first choice 'keeper Dida, while number 2 Zeljko Kalac is a doubt with the same thumb injury that is keeping Almunia out. If Kalac fails to recover then Milan will call on Fiori, a player that hasn't played a competitive game for four years.

Pato returns, as does Gattuso. Kaka is expected to be fit, but will face a fitness test tomorrow.

Player to watch: Pirlo & Kaka

Two of the best midfielders in the world.

Pirlo is the player I would say Fabregas plays most like, while Kaka is just out of this world. He can do just about anything with the ball at his feet, and Flamini will have to have the game of his life to shut him out.

Ref Watch:

Mike Riley... You wish, Fergie! Claus Bo Larsen (Denmark).

Match Prediction:

I'm going to plump for a 2-1 home win. That's right, I'm predicting an Arsenal win. The build up to this game has all the feeling of the build up to the Real Madrid game two seasons ago. Pato to give Milan the lead, before Eduardo and Adebayor hit back for Arsenal.




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The Journalist

Writer: Nick Simmonett  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday February 19 2008

Time: 10:09PM

Your Comments

this is why we support this wonderful club i am soo anxious about this game i want to see quick crisp passing and off the ball movement, incredible speed as clichy burns the grass off that left wing cexsy fabregas makes kaka look like vieira 2 years ago and a mad volley from adebayor into the roof of the net after some clever footwork from hleb beating 3 defenders then giving a perfectly weighted the togolese...mmm tasty. picture flamini on pirlos back like white on rice frustrating the milanian into two yellow cards...afterwhich we run rampant and put 3 past whichever goalkeeper they have...everyone wants to play or watch arsenal
anonymous
Come on lads. We've 75% done one half of Milan, you do the other. I'll be rooting for ya. :)
Aamir
YEAH!!!! I AM SO EXCITED!!!!!!
Goofle
We need our swagger back, if not then forget about it. Arsenal played some unbelivable football erlier in the season and we need to find that form again, if we do then the prem will be ours and possible CL.
Armory
COME ON ARSENAL
princeoflove909
Seeing you boys utterly dominate the supposedly in form half of Milan Aamir brings me a lot of confidence, great to see that tool Materazzi sent off not so great to see Paddys further descent into ineffectual dodderiness. You deserved the win tonight as (like with our game on Sat) only one team had any desire. Despite Wengers claims earlier in the season that hes taking a very 'que sera' approach to the CL we all know it's spin and it's the one thing left in his career he covets, having been blitzed out of both the domestic cups with performances that in all honesty were shameful to this club, it's time to replace those whimpers with an almighty f@ckin' roar.
nikolaijns
And as things have calmed down abit since saturday a few words on Eboue. I do agree that he had a sh@t game but so did the rest of the team for excample for "the worlds biggest midfield talent" where the flying fu@k was Fabregas an absalute disgrace among all the rest of midfild, it was painful having to watch Eduardo, a striker, the only striker/midfield player tracking back and trying to help out the defence. Benthner for all his big words did nothing to help his claim to a regular start, Gilberto's legs are gone and the two youngsters in defence are simply not good enough at least not this season, Hlep, could not see him for most of the game, Willy and Toure well they looked like they had never seen eatch other until last saturday afternoon, Lehman could not hit a barndoor with his kicking so I am a bit surprised of all the venom beign sent Eboue's way, was he that much worse than the rest of them?
Armory
it would be nice to shove all those taunts back down cannavaros' (or whatever his name is now),throat
fran merida
We are well and truly *****ed now, Simmo has gone and predicted a win.
Ozi Gooner
I can't wait, this is the biggest game all season and our squad looks good.
AB_Arsenal
I also strangely felt better after watching Liverpool beat Inter, they did outplay them although they only won in the last few mins. We're kind of in a similar situation (shamed in Sat) and I believe we also can bounce back. - Until I saw Simmo's optimistic prediction, which happens to be the same as mine actually. And Armory, we have no time to be angry with the players anymore. Like AW said, let's focus on the game ahead, not look back. Having watched how AW and Cesc speak at the press conference (it's kind of different seeing them speak than reading the quotes on newspapers) and the much improved injury situation (especially Ade and the 2 best full-backs in the league IMHO), I feel slightly better. All that said though, I'm still incredibly nervous but quietly optimistic.
Lou the Gunneress
Oh for those of you who're going tomorrow, can you guys SING SAGNA'S NAME LOUDLY to show him some support on my behalf please! He's such a good player and it's unfortunate that he lost his brother prior to this big match. Let's get behind him, and the team of course. I saw how the Liverpool fans give the team a lift tonight and I believe we can do the same tomorrow. Please do so on behalf of those of us who can't go.
Lou the Gunneress
i must watch the game even it'll be on 3 AM!!
MYgood-ners
Milan is an extremely dangerous side, and it looks like they will have their 1st choice mid field available in Seedorf, Kaka, Gattuso, Pirlo and Ambrosini. Hopefully, its a great game but I'm quite apprehensive about this one.
prits
http://www.tribalfootball.com/article.php?id=79485....oh my.....is it jus me or does nebody else think that its mad jens....
karley
Tribalfootball = absolute ****e.
AFC85Lew
We'll have a good night and win this one even if Simmo's gone and said it... 3-1 to the Arsenal!!
Andy-bayor
I think we need to go with a 4-5-1, it's the only way we can dominate the middle of the park, I just don't think we can handle Kaka, Pirlo and even Gattuso can get forward and make things happen. We need that extra man in there to contain them. So I guess we'll line up with the obvious back 5, then from Right to Left: Eboue, Cesc, Flamini, Hleb, Eduardo. Eboue's time is now. This is his last chance. He could, if he performs, be the difference in this tie. He can give us width and if he can whip in some of those sensational crosses we saw last season, we'll have created a Plan B, because recently Adebayor has demonstrated that he is lethal in the air as well as with the ball at his feet. Hleb and Eduardo can offer some support to Ade, but like I said we need them to tighten up the midfield because as brilliant as Flamini is, he can't handle arguably the best midfield in Europe alone. It's going to be a brilliant game and I really can't wait. Haven't been this excited about a game since that night in Madrid.
super_gooner
Off to the game tonight, absolutely massive, i think we'll be bang up for it and will edge a win. Eduardo. 1 or 2 - 0. I am however slightly nervous now that Nick has predicted a Home Win- whenever you say we're gonna lose we spank them! Change it quick!
Chipo
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/7254516.stm. Who do you think you are kidding Mr. Blatter?
Little Dutch
simmo, mate, you've freaked out a few of us with your positive prediction for this one ;)
prits
Why is work going so slowly today? I just want to get to the ground. It's games like tonight that every fan in the world longs for. There is no point hiding from them, if we want to be the best we have to play and beat the best - bring it on! I'm expecting a top class performance full of commitment and passion - and the odd goal or three would go down very nicely :-)
Red3
Fiori: 2 games in 8 years
ArsenalRob
hleb, cesc edu ade all need to just shoot on site and test this keeper. Tonight is hleb's night, I can feel it!!!! 2-0 or 3-1. hope 2-0. would even settle for 0-0!
ian7
all u gooners from india .......the *****ers at ten sports are not showing this game......somehow they think the manu lyon game is bigger......plss lets all votenext time and make sure they show it live on ten sports cuz i dont get zee sports as do most of y'all
karley
3 more hours to go. can't wait to watch the game on tv. will settle for 2-0.
fcdematthew
I'll settle for 1-0, or even 0-0, just as long as we don't concede.
elbondo
karley ... lucky mE !! i get zee !!! but this voting thing is a real ***** off !! i wish star and espn would broadcast ECL 2 india (like they do in the rest of asia !!) ten sports and zee SUX !
HENRY`14
karley ... u sure the matchs on zee....cos in toi there is no mention.....
HENRY`14
Lehmann sagna toure gallas clichy Eboue flams cesc hleb ade edu Kalac oddo kaladze nesta maldini gatusso pirlo ambrosini seedof kaka pato
ian7
Lehmann; Sagna, Toure, Gallas, Clichy; Eboue, Fabregas, Flamini, Hleb; Eduardo, Adebayor: Hopefully it is Hleb on the left and not Eduardo. That would ***** me off.
Goofle
yup its on zee sports....i dont know how the ***** we lost the voting i've been spreading the word around....and hav been freakin voting for the last 1 week..........neway thankfully im watching star sports broadcast online....so not all bad
karley
I'll openly admit to having a twitchy arse right now!!
Rocky7
I can't believe Simmo has jinxed this match the ********!!!
Rocky7
well.....looks like their 1st choice keeper made it .......I s kalac an aussie...sounds very eastern european...
karley
These are the type of games that make cl so special !
HENRY`14
so henry 14 watchin it on zee......im watching the ive stream of startsports......richard keys is a bloody ****
karley
yeah watchin it on zee !! ...
HENRY`14
hey guys the link im watchin the resolution is pretty poor ...im watchin a streamm with speed of 371k/s nebody got a link to a better one plss lemme kno
karley
wat a throw by leh mann..ok kolo gone ..not good
karley
Karley, you can try some of these links: http://www.myp2p.eu/broadcast.php?matchid=6389&part=sports
Lou the Gunneress
am ithe only one watchin the match online.....
karley
thanks lou
karley
good first half for us....
HENRY`14
Yeah Henry, good defence, Senderos has been solid. Hope Kolo's not badly injured. And attack's getting better too. How many times did you hear Kaka and Pato's names? I heard about 5 times only. Now we need to turn the good signs into a result and I'm hopeful.
Lou the Gunneress
flam has been brilliant
HENRY`14
Good stuff so far. Back four has been assured. No mistakes so far. Eboue has been decent as has Flamini. Eduardo has been good too. Adebayor, who's chasing every ball down, has been working tirelessly. But the stars according to me have been Hleb and Cesc. Fabregas has been as good as he was in the beginning of the season. I would now like too see Eduardo come forward in a 4-4-2. Nesta is quality and isn't giving Adebayor any room to do his stuff.
WouldYouBelieveIt?!
Oi, How's the ManC match going?
WouldYouBelieveIt?!
Yeah Cesc and Hleb have been great and I'm feeling a lot better, though still nervously biting on my thumb. WYBI, it's Lyon 0-0 ManU at HT: http://www.uefa.com/competitions/ucl/index.html
Lou the Gunneress
0-0 wybi.......god f only ade had made that pass.....lovred hlebs turn
karley
Something must be done to outplay Nesta. Fu(ckin quality he is!
WouldYouBelieveIt?!
The biggest surprise is Celtic are leading Barca 2-1...
Lou the Gunneress
Thierry just equalised for them...
Lou the Gunneress
we will qualify!!
MYgood-ners
my god ..how unlucky where we.....we shud hav had atleast one in this game ...this doesnot look too good.......ade o...if only .....
karley
94th min he hits the crossbar!!!!!!
HENRY`14
Of how I'm gutted. Milan repelled wave after wave of attacks and they just showed why they're the Champions and Maldini isn't one of the greatest defenders of all time for nothing. Hats off to them, they played well. As for us. We were pretty good too. Senderos, Flamini, Eboue and Hleb we're brilliant. My MoTM was Cesc though. Brilliant display of attacking by us. I'm just sad we didn't win today. Not a bad result though, we can still out play them at the San Siro. For the moment lets just hope Kolo's injury isn't too serious.
WouldYouBelieveIt?!
MY yes I feel optimistic too - though we did deserve a goal, the performance itself was really encouraging. I have to say again I really admired how Senderos held the fort being brought on urgently like that. He's calm and cleared I don't know how many balls. Everyone else was great too. This is a good result.
Lou the Gunneress
i hav a bad feeling about this..milan at sansiro is not an easy game....
karley
senderos vs kaka...n senderos comes out on top......lol...must say tho dat pato kid is brilliant..can c y arsene wanted him so bad
HENRY`14
Karley, think Juventus, think Bernabeu...
Lou the Gunneress
I actually have a good feeling about this. They're defense is rock solid. That's the only problem. How many times did Maldini, Nesta, Kaladze and Oddo block Adebayor? It's going to be difficult but I'm sure we can beat them if we play anything remotely close to this.
WouldYouBelieveIt?!
well at least dey dint get the away goal
HENRY`14
Karley, if you think San Siro, think Inter 2 years ago... Come on, we have a chance!
Lou the Gunneress
Be prepared to get knocked out of your third competition in almost as many weeks. All that's left is for you lot to drop the ball in the prem, and you'll end up with nothing again. I think the term is 'all dressed up and no where to go'. Que, sera, sera, what ever will be will be .................................................................
YidEdy
Why is everyone so downbeat about this? All the commentator going on about a classic away performance from AC Milan. Ok they were awesome in defence, but we ran them ragged all over the pitch. We were brilliant tonight, Flamini's performance was one of the best I've ever seen....Kaka who? Important thing is we kept a clean sheet and completely bossed the Champions of Europe. I'm gutted we didn't get the win at the end, but otherwise I'm pretty happy.
Rocky7
well we got one inmad doesnt mean we wont get one is the sansiro.........MILAN 'S defence was top notch......but we most defo shud hav gotten a goal to show.......
karley
Edy....the fact that a Spurs fans has used the term "win nothing again" is laughable. When was the last time you won anything?
Rocky7
Aparantly Milan have NEVER lost a home game in Europe, tut, tut tut. ..................................... Que, sera, sera, what ever will be will be .................................................................
YidEdy
nor had madrid !!!.....plus we dont need a win at san siro...a 1-1 darw will be fine...
HENRY`14
the npositives are they dont have an away goal so all we need at the san siro is a draw and we should have rvp,rosicky,almunia and kolo in the second leg so i am pretty confident about this
the arsenal
Rocky7 not everyones down beat, I'm not. And i'm not slagging you off by the way, I think you did the best you could he, he, he
YidEdy
Good to see the diving has improved though.
YidEdy
how bad is the injury to kolo.....more importantly injury to nesta? after nesta the defence was shaking quite a bit......looks like pato is out too......
karley
So Yid you actually did watch?
Lou the Gunneress
not a bad result at all. a scoring draw would have been worse. Milan will have to come out and have a go at us. we score once and they will have to win the game then. i wish Ade would have not hit the bar in the end, if it was not meant to go in, cuz i would have felt better otherwise..
luckys_10
the game is perfectly set for RVP to come back and make his mark this season. im betting on him to score our winner at San Siro. but damn two weeks is a long time away, just no more injuries till then..
luckys_10
yidEdy watched the game lol!whats even funny is he is running his mouth like we lost the game,milan have been so poor at home this season and i am pretty positive we will go through considering the fact that we will have rvp,rosicky,toure and almunia back and we all know we can turn it around at the san siro
the arsenal
Agreed Luckys. Not conceding was vitally important and we achieved that today. Your view is actually one positive way of looking at it and looking at drawing Milan and playing home before away. We now only have to go and attack, while they're bound to do so as well which is a good thing for us - if our defence stays as solid as they did today. So yeah, come on guys, this is not bad at all!
Lou the Gunneress
kaka looks depressed.anyway he will say that they will rattle us later
MYgood-ners
YidEdy, your lot would release a DVD if they drew 0-0 against Milan.
Ozi Gooner
i would love to see our first choice 11 for the second leg, cuz Milan were at full strength today and we dominated them overall, so with RVP, Rosicky and Toure available, we have a awesome chance to get a result away. and i would like to see Lehmann continue in goal instead of Almunia..
luckys_10
LOL Ozi!
Lou the Gunneress
Yeah The Arsenal. Maybe Milan's home form will improve in 2 weeks' time, but so will we get stronger from this good performance. If it was a 0-0 boredraw, I would have been gutted. But I'm only disappointed bcos we would have scored at least once if not for their really stubborn and well organised defence. Who knows what's gonna happen in a fortnight, with Nesta and Pato out. While I was sweating over Kolo in the first few minutes, Senderos really looked composed. Well done everyone!
Lou the Gunneress
and Lou to be honest, they only looked dangerous when Kaka got the ball. it is his dribbling that scares me the most. if we stop him from supplying balls to Seedorf and their second striker, we pretty much nullify them. the key in San Siro will be not to conceede an early goal. it is fine if we dont score, but don't conceede also. it takes my mind back to the Ajax-Milan tie a few years ago, Ajax drew 0-0 at home and played the perfect counter attacking game, and even took the lead twice, only to harshly lose 3-2 in injury time. and we can also learn from how Chelsea played vs us in the 2nd leg in the unbeaten season, and then the score was 1-1, here we have kept a clean sheet, so im pretty confident going into the second leg..
luckys_10
the goals will only come from Seedorf, Kaka and Gilardino, no one else in their team really seems to be getting at the end of things. stop Kaka and Pirlo gets isolated too. Seedorf doesent really do much other than waiting for a chance to fall for him. it's very interestingly poised, i wouldnt want to be Wenger's shoes come the second leg, cuz he will have a tough time selecting the best 11 and what tactics to employ..
luckys_10
Shame we didn't get a goal, but we cant complain too much since we put real effort in this time. Everyone was working for each other, and the truth is that Milan had Ade covered up front. Our fullbacks are just incredible. As long as we dont get cowed in the San Siro, we can get an away goal and knock them out.
Andy-bayor
we can win at the san siro. Im really positive. We should have won this game. The spell 10 minutes before half time and then for 20 minutes after half time we absolutely dominated them. If we had scored then we could have got a quick 2nd because they would have been seriously rattled. and ade at the end, what a chance!! oh well, clean sheet at least. dont forget that was their strongest side, and kaka and pato were kept quiet.
ian7
Such a poor grasp of football knowledge YidEddy. Milan have lost European games at the San Siro. The season before last they were beaten by Barcelona. The same season we were the first English team to win at Real in fact! In any case we don't even have to win - a score draw will do nicely. But then what's the point of talking CL to a spud? Why would they know anything about the competition?
Amos.
Ian, what you're saying makes sense. But I'd still be wary of Inzaghi when we play the 2nd leg as he's such a cunning, experienced striker who does nothing other than going offside and scoring, really. Gilardino I'm less worried about. And the way we contained Kaka and Pato was nothing short of delightful! Like I said above, I only heard their names like a few distinct times, no need to count possession or shots on goal or corners. Our midfield and defence did a good job in cutting the link between those 2 key players and their supply from midfield. Another thing I thought we did well was that we're careful enough not to concede too many silly free kicks for someone like Pirlo to do something about those. Overall, great defensive performances from both sides. And we also did well attack-wise, bar scoring. I'm repeating myself but I want to say again we're confident going to San Siro.
Lou the Gunneress
oh yes where was Inzaghi tonite? is he injured and will he be available for the second leg?
luckys_10
My first vital post! Got up early in Aus to watch, and have to say was on the edge of my seat for most of it. Brilliant display in containing kaka, pato et al as has been said already. i thought Ade's header came off the side of his head making it a bit harder to direct, however that still should have been planted. and my god can that boy bendtner jump, during one header attempt he must have been at least 5 feet off the ground
RSGunner
Luckys, Inzaghi's been out injured but sat on the bench tonight so he's likely making his league comeback soon.
Lou the Gunneress
Arsene's post-match interview if you guys didn't see it on Sky: http://www.skysports.com/video/0,20285,12606_3174846,00.html
Lou the Gunneress
Amos, you're right, Milan had lost European games at San Siro before but never to an English side. Think Bernabeu guys! ;)
Lou the Gunneress
Proud of the boys really outplayed milan gutted we didnt score the tie really should have been over felt eboue should have got the penalty,ade played well but the MISS.I hope im wrong but it could come back to bite us its going to be a different game in italy
highmark998
great game,good result,we shouldve won tonight,but i said to my friends before the game,that i would have taken the 0-0, it has swung 60-40 in our favour now,all we need to do is match their score, 1-1 would be perfect....a clean sheet at home is a result,forget what anybody else says,because had this game been in italy and we had gone to milan and drawn 0-0 the milanese would have assumed job done.
fran merida
its a good result for us,all we have to do is escape defeat and we are through and we have a chance to do that,am optimistic,clean sheet in europe at home is a good result
the arsenal
RSGunner welcome to vital arsenal from another Ozi. What city are you from mate?
Ozi Gooner
No I must admit I only watched the second half, because the paint had dried by then. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
YidEdy
Yid if you didn't watch the entire match, or felt it's boring, it's your problem of (a) even tuning in, while you'd probably love to watch ManU instead, (b) commenting here. Wish you lots of excitement and no zzz in the UEFA Cup!
Lou the Gunneress
oh, problem (c) your eyesight.
Lou the Gunneress
Apart from Milans defence the rest of their team was ***** tonight. Were Kaka and Pirlo even on the pitch for 99% of the game? A wasted opportunity for us to grab hold of this tie me thinks.
gunnerkid107
Yeah Gunnerkid, I also felt we let them off a little bit. But don't forget Ade, Flamini, Clichy, Kolo and Senderos only came back from injuries. Only bar finishing (couldn't blame Ade that much as it's his 1st start post-injury and when he headed the last ball which hit the crossbar, he was pulled back by a Milan player, as I've just seen on a photo), it was a good performance all round.
Lou the Gunneress
And I dont see what all the fuss is about this Pato kid. He was nothing but ordinary. Theo produced more for Arsenal in the 3 mins he was on then Pato did the whole match for milan.
gunnerkid107
Lou, Ade and Flams werent really injured. Theres no way they would come on when we are down 4 with 10 mins left in 0 degree weather if they were really injured.
gunnerkid107
Shrug, then are you really unhappy about the result? lol And Pato was brilliant in the first couple of league games for Milan. He's also just back from injury, mind.
Lou the Gunneress
Oh *****, arsenal.com quotes Arsene's reaction specifically on Kolo: "A calf injury that rules him out for, from what I've seen after the game, for three or four weeks at least. It was a bad movement, a consequence of the African Nations Cup, too much heat in the calf!" :(
Lou the Gunneress
the advantage of going to san siro witha 0-0 draw is the last time we went there we were 3-0 down and we still came out the victors!!i am so positive about this it does not bother me a bit,bring the brums!!c'mon u gooners!!
the arsenal
Im not unhappy with the result just disappointed. And yea I guess it was unfair of me to judge Pato on this game alone. And thats bad news for Toure but im glad Senderos is playing so well to fill his spot. I mean who would of thought Senderos would get the upper hand on the world player of the year?
gunnerkid107
senderos has been so good i cant complain about him,he has really stepped his game up and i dont have to worry every time he plays,losing toure is a blow but we still can cope up,its not an excuse at all,all i wish for is that we prosper 9in 2 of my favourite competitions regardless of who plays!my club comes be4 of everything and everyone else
the arsenal
having said that we have to win or have a score draw at the san siro and i know we can do it!!!
the arsenal
senderous man of the match for me. AC milan have no goal scoring threat other than kaka and pato. We should get with through 1-1 in san siro. WE absolutely owned them today, but our finishing was off. If vPersie and rosicky had played instead of eboue and aduardo....
49ers
Anybody wanna put a bet on a 5-1 arsenal victory in Milan in a fortnight :p
gunnerkid107
What a game, proud of the lads. Dominated Milan for large parts of the game. Everyone had an excellent game, esp the mid field who closed down the Milan players so well, they didnt have any time on the ball, and would lose possession. That was a dead cert penalty for Eboue, harsh that he was given a bloody yellow. Arsenal deserved to win it. Defence was solid overall, with Senderos putting in a very good show. Seedorf had no shots on goal and Kaka didnt get one away till the 70th min. Well done lads, but the job is only half done.
prits
It was a special performance from the team tonight but the end product just wasnt there. I get such great pleasure from watching this team play, its just delightful. Cesc and Flamini were immense tonight. Cesc seems to always produce his best in the big games. These two marshalled the midfield and made Pirlo have possibly the worst game of his career. Did anyone see him try to defend? Laughable. And i never thought i would say this but so soon after his performance against the Mancs but he played very well tonight and must give him credit. Also nobody can possibly give him stick about his 'dive' as ive seen them given as penalties before and there was contact.
Aussie Gooner
ur rite....eboue was quite good and that by no means was a dive ....i think its just his reputation ....if it was nebody else im sure we'd hav gotten a pen......eboue had a gud game yest i tot....
karley
great performance from the guys. in my opinion, the best finishers in our squad are RvP followed closely by Ade and Eduardo. will need to have the option of RvP in case we trail in Milan.
fcdematthew
Miffed, really. We should've won. The Italians came for their 0-0 and nothing else.
Moorish
oh guys thanks for a wicked last couple days,seing u lose 4-0 Vs ManU, now drawing @ home vs Milan, looks like the round gonna be a tall order, and how i remember u lot coming onto the spurs site saying how u was gonna beat Milan and ManU , lol told u if not u would see me here..........
Ossie
Yeah Ossie, we drew with Milan! We get to PLAY Milan! We are in the Champions League! You get to be second fiddle and see your pathetic boasts of a top 4 finish not come to fruition - AGAIN! Hahahahahahaha. Cheg on, Spud idiots.
Moorish
Thanks Ozi, that would be the country town of Mount Gambier, SA.
RSGunner
YidEdy, I don't think I'm the only one here who can wholeheartedly promise, I won't be watching the Spuds game tonight. For much the same reasons I'm not going to watch Gatehead play Bromsgrove Rovers any time soon. The fact that you are here elucidates perfectly what an irrelevance your football club is.
Little Dutch
ahhhhhhhh Moorish damn fool u only in the Champs league to make up the numbers
Ossie
Ossie your team can also try to get into top 7 to make up next year's UEFA Cup numbers. Don't say you won't need that as you know very well what chances you have to achieve that through CC.
Lou the Gunneress
So Ossie that would be the same reason that Spurs, along with everyone besides Arsenal, United and Chelsea are in the premier league then would it?
Ozi Gooner
RSGunner, I just came across this picture that perfectly captures Bendtner's jump you mentioned, his head at about 2.5ft above a jumping 6ft4in Ade: http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/news-and-comment/james-lawton-even-in-stalemate-arsenals-fluid-ambition-surpasses-liverpools-laboured-triumph-785482.html
Lou the Gunneress
Ozi yeah i would have to concede that!!..........maybe so Lou but at least we can enjoy a trip to the new Wembley on Sunday, maybe Chelsea deserve it, as we did have a much easier semi final i suppose................lol, it's all good
Ossie
 

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