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AC Milan vs. Arsenal

San Siro

04/03/08

19:45

Preview - The Time Is Now

Come May Arsenal could be looking back at this game and saying 'we're where we are now because of that game.' Of course, there could be very different reasons for saying that. It could be said because Arsenal progressed, and gained the confidence needed to win the Premiership and/or the Champions League.

Or it could of course, be the game that destroys confidence and Arsenal throw away their slender lead at the top of the Premiership and finish the season trophyless. Of course, those scenarios are the two extreme's, but you get the idea.

In my preview of the first leg I said that a lot of people had under-estimated Milan, and that they would pose a much bigger threat than people believed. In the first leg Milan's attack didn't turn up, but their defence definantly did. They were the 8 players in control for most of the game.

In the second leg their attacking midfielders will turn up, and influence the game more. Kaka will like Pirlo's footballing brain with their strikers lethal threat, and their entire team will turn up.

Despite the fact that some people think I was wrong in my claims that Milan were being under-estimated prior to the first leg I'm going to issue the same warning: Milan pose a much, much bigger threat to Arsenal than many people believe. I inclued Lee Dixon when I say that. He told the BBC that Arsenal will beat Milan. He does explain his reasoning, which is more than most people are doing, but I think even he has under-estimated them.

I must admit though that I too under-estimated Milan before the first leg. I didn't think their defence was as solid as it is. We think United, Chelsea and Liverpool have a solid back line. They're nothing compared to the defensive display that Milan put on two weeks ago.

They'll line up on Tuesday with the intention of attacking a little more, but they will have at least 10 uber-cool heads out there, and they'll not crumble under any pressure.

I've made Milan sound invincible but they're most definantly not. Arsenal have youth on their side, and there's not a fitter team in Europe. Arsene Wenger was spot on when he said that Milan will slow the game down to their pace. If we don't allow them to do that, and zip the ball around like we did at the start of the season and we will cause them all sorts of problems in the last 20 minutes. They started to tire towards the end of the first leg, despite it being played at a reasonable tempo.

Milan may be favorites (21/20 with William Hill, while Arsenal are 23/10) but their form is by no means outstanding. They've won only one of their last six games (a 2-1 home win over Palermo). They've also conceeded in each of their last three home games. Only one in each game, but one is all it takes in the Champions League.

Arsenal's form isn't great either. They've won only 2 of their last six games, and haven't won in their last four games. Their last win came on the 11th february when they beat Blackburn 2-0.

Arsenal will have to look at Milan and learn how to be as solid at the back. If they can do that, then the rest will all fall in to place. Senderos needs to bounce back from his unfortunate own goal, something I'm not sure he can do. If he's got the confidence he can deal with Milan, but he wont have, I don't think.

Vital Quotes:

AC Milan defender Massimo Oddo admits that his side were lucky in the first leg: 'We were a bit lucky in London.

'Especially with the last move of the match, so we'll settle for the draw. We lacked a little bit of incisiveness in attack and maybe we didn't counterattack quickly enough.

It wasn't exactly a vintage performance but we managed to hang in there; we were very compact and the result could certainly serve us well for the return leg.'


He described Arsenal as 'devestating' but says Milan can take advantage of Arsenal's back-line: 'Arsenal are a devastating side. They run a lot and are very organised but they make a number of mistakes at the back and we can certainly hurt them. Adebayor, in particular, is a good player but, more than that, they are very good at creating space as a team.

They continually swap positions and create space, and before you know it the area left by one player has been filled by another team-mate, so you must always be very careful.


'Pace and Patience' are what Arsene Wenger says Arsenal will need in Milan: 'I do not like to go away from home thinking my team just has to defend. '

With a 0-0 result, we know that we have to attack as well as defend.

'From the first game, we have the belief we can beat them because we dominated the game - that always has an impact on the second game.

'We will need patience against them in Milan but our pace can be a good asset as well.'


Wenger highlighted just how easily Milan destoryed Man United in 20 minutes last season's competition, and stressed that his team must not hide: 'We have to be tight defensively out there because they tore Man United apart in the first 20 minutes of the second leg at the San Siro last season.

'It is important for us to start strongly in defence, but also not to hide every time we win the ball.

'What is good from the first result is we know every time we get the ball we are incited to go for a goal. When you win 2-0 away from home sometimes subconsciously you think you only have to defend.

On that basis 0-0 is not a bad result because you know defence is not good enough. You know will have to attack as well.'

AC Milan Team News:

Milan have been boosted by the return of four players. Kaka, Nesta, Maldini and Pirlo all return for the Rossoneri.

'They are all in a good condition to play and have worked excellently this week in training to ensure they would be ready for this game,' said Carlo Ancelotti.

However, Seedorf has almost no chance of returning. Dida also remains sidelined.

Player to watch: Kaka

I was torn between Kaka, Maldini and Inzaghi. All three can influence the game in different ways.

Maldini can shut out just about any striker in the world with his excellent positioning and outstanding reading of the game. He kept Arsenal quiet in the first leg, and could do the same thing on Tuesday.

Inzaghi is a goal scorer, that's it. He doesn't defend, he doesn't chase lost causes, he doesn't create chances for others. He just scores goals.

But Kaka can change a game in the blink of an eye. A piece of skill, a mind-blowing run or a rasping shot. He can do anything with the ball. Arsenal may have kept him quiet in the first leg, but it'll be a different ball game altogher in the second leg.

Arsenal Team News:

There's mixed news for Arsenal. The fantastic news is that Robin Van Persie will return for Arsenal. He will take part in a match for the first time in two months, so we shouldn't expect too much from him, but his return is a massive boost.

The bad news is that Kolo Toure hasn't recovered and didn't travel. He's expected to return against this weekend.

Alex Song is still some way from fitness as he recovers from a medial knee ligament injury.

Eduardo will obviously be missing with his broken leg. Tomas Rosicky is the only other player out for Arsenal.

Johan Djourou has recovered but didn't travel to Milan.

Player to watch: Fabregas

As with Milan, I was torn between three players here. Gallas, Fabregas and Adebayor.

Everyone will be looking to Gallas for leadership, and he'll step up. He'll keep everyone on their toes for the entire game, while he's sure to inspire plyers like Fabregas.

Adebayor will pose Arsenal's biggest goal threat, but he's yet to score in the Champions League this season, and his goals have dried up a bit in recent weeks.

Fabregas is to Arsenal what Pirlo is to Milan, with a little added extra. Both players can dictate the pace of a game and cotrol everything from the middle of the park. Fabregas offers a goal threat that Pirlo does not.

If Arsenal are going to keep the tempo high tomorrow then he will be at the heart of it.

Ref Watch:

Austrian Konrad Plautz will referee the game, while fellow countrymen Egon Bereuter and Markus Mayr will do their part on the touchline.

Match Prediction:

My heart says Arsenal will sneak it 1-0 or 1-1, but he head says we'll lose. Milan will be too strong at both ends of the pitch for Arsenal. 2-1 Milan. :-(




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The Journalist

Writer: Nick Simmonett  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday March 3 2008

Time: 9:47PM

Your Comments

thank God you haven't predicted a win simmo, now im feeling a bit more confident..
luckys_10
3-0 arsenal as simmo has predicted that we'll lose. RVP to come on for the last 20 min.
Armory
Too many unknowns (e.g. Kaka's fitness, he'll be playing but carrying a niggling problem) and variables (our formation, e.g. let's not have Diaby in LM please) for us to predict result. Senderos will be key, but I'm not as worried as Simmo about him bouncing back, he actually did not bad at all after the OG against Villa. To win this game is very tough, but a score draw sounds achievable.
Lou the Gunneress
I’ve checked some Milan fan sites in both Italian and English and they’re not at all confident about the game, they’re just as nervous as we are. They have fans telling each other to keep the faith just as we do. Milan’s home record is not at all impressive this season and they just got a draw at the San Siro with a Lazio side that was not all that good. Yes, of course, the Milan players will be up for it, so will our players. I’m just saying that Milan’s fans don’t consider their team an invincible superior juggernaut that so many English pundits, rival fans and some of our own fans seem to think they are. That said, by no means do I underestimate Milan AT ALL! Anyone would be crazy to dismiss them. Even when they're weak, Milan know how to figure out a way to get a win when they're absolutely up for it -- they know how to do this more than any other team in Europe, I think. I think we have a decent chance but there is no shame in going out to Milan. Remember we went out to PSV last season!
jaelle
armory, what are yu smoking mate? 3-0 win at san siro, no chance. a nervy 1-0 win will just do fine for me..
luckys_10
A nervy 1-1 will do fine for me. As the game nears, I'm getting more nervous about our prospects (I was feeling better about our chances a week back). Milan are a top class side, and I doubt that our players will under-estimate them (doesnt matter if pundits / fans do). Flamini will be the man to watch IMO - crucial defensive role to play, coz we cant afford to concede more than one goal. We need the 4-5-1 formation, to ensure the defensive tightness that Wenger has spoken about.
prits
i think a 0-0 draw will be the first result then you'll win 2-1 in the second leg
ozanne park rangers
i think the key player to watch will be flamster. i think he will score the winning goal. i dont think ade or fabs will be as effective partly bcos milan will mark these guys very tightly. but no one can mark flamster. he is like a housefly! absolutely bloodie everywhere! so i think he will be our deciding factor. i cannot say how happy i am hearing RVP is back. thank god! hope he is clearly over his injury and can look forward to a strong finish to the season. dear santa, all i want for christmas is a fit RVP. pls pls pls.
supersof
Nice read from Arigo Saachi here - http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/main.jhtml?xml=/sport/2008/03/02/sfnwil102.xml...
number14
Walcott has been left at home! Fabregas is definitely the man to watch - will he turn up tonight though? We are playing Hleb behind the striker according to the Independent. That's worked some times and if I remember correctly, in the pre-season game against Inter it was effective... let's home that's a style suited to Europe so we can get a result tonight! Squeaky bums all round!
Andy-bayor
...oops... Walcott left on the bench, not at home!
Andy-bayor
Let's have no fear and try to enjoy this as much as we can. This is a fantastic experience and opportunity for our young team. It's going to need a top performance from every player, and a good slice of luck. Let's not forget, as Wenger said, players like Cesc, Hleb, Eboue, van Persie, Senderos and van Persie were involved in the Champions League run to the final two years ago. As we've stepped up in the league, we need to do the same tonight. I don't think we'll win if we concede first.
Gooner_Vin
As the day is progressing, I'm becoming less and less confident about our chances, not least with Eduardo being out and van Persie not going to be truly match-fit. This is going to be a tough night, AC are a far more savvy outfit than Inter and I'm not sure where our confidence and belief levels are right now after the last week or so. Sorry to be so pessimistic!
Gooner_Vin
We can do it! Remember the game at The Bernabeu? Cast your mind back to that night. No English team had beaten Real on their home turf, just as no English team has beaten the Rossoneri on theirs. We were a young team then, as we are now. We were injury hit then, as we are now. We were completely written off then, as we are now. It all pointed to defeat, but we showed the world who we are: THE ARSENAL. We can do it!
Patresc Vieiragas
I'm kinda hoping that Le Boss goes 4-1-4-1 with Flam being the 1, and Eboue, Cesc, Diaby and Alex being the 4. Anybody think that will happen?
Patresc Vieiragas
Not sure Patresc, but I wasn't impressed by Diaby at the Villa game on Saturday.
Gooner_Vin
How about Gilberto sitting in front of the back 4, then Hleb, Flam, Cesc and Eboue in front of him, with Ade up front?
Gooner_Vin
The key was not to concede at home.. that will prove to be decisive.. we can now go to San Siro and afford to get a score draw.. cuz.. that's what we've been doin off late anyway!
arsenalrulz4ever
Jokes aside.. we need to be focussed on getting the win.. if we focus on winning and are as sharp as the first leg.. I think we have a great chance.
arsenalrulz4ever
Best of luck fellas.
Blue is the colour
Scenarios: 0-0, extra time. scoring draw, Arsenal through. Arsenal win, Arsenal through. Milan win, Milan through. If we disregard the 0-0 scenario, it's 2 of 3 that we can go through, and we can fancy our chances during extra time.
entropy13
1-1 or 0-1...veryyyyyyyyy close! we will fail to take all chances like we normaly do..but we will score first then for alot of the time frantic defending i cant wait
ajwb
I think the score will finish 2-1, and either side can win by that score.
Gooner_Vin
tbh i'd rather play a half fit Kaka and Seedorf than 2 fully fit and desperate to impress replacements. Very happy Nick predicted a loss! Good omen!
Chipo
almunia sagna gallas senderos clichy eboue cesc flams diaby hleb ade. not bad lineup.
ian7
Too long
kez_mufc
Lads are plating well at the moment, can't believe Hleb got booked for what looked to me like a cast iron pen.....
KaoTeK
*playing
KaoTeK
Great stuff Milan can't keep possession, we're dominating them again....
KaoTeK
What an awesome performance so far......which leaves me fearing the worst. Wenger has been extremely bold in his tactics, and it's working a treat, AC resorting to lumping the ball up field.
Rocky7
that was a def foul on hleb should have been a pen or at least a freeckick i think the way he fell made it look like he dived but it was a foul for sure. good first half we are playing better than them
anonymous
I'm betting not many teams go to AC and completely dominate them like we are doing. Our football is sublime......my only gripes would be Diaby dwelling on the ball too long and Adebayor's first touch, he looks lazy tonight.
Rocky7
They are really playing well. Fabregas was unlucky. I pray that we win they deserve something for this kind of performance.
phreddy
Ade is playing *****e and senderos is only good for curing my constipation, 3-0? I’d better smoke some more of that stuff.
Armory
These arsenal boys are a joy to watch
phreddy
That's a bit harsh isn't it Armoury, agreed Ade's not on top form, but what has Swiss Tony done to earn your wrath?
KaoTeK
KaoTek it's just that every time he comes near the ball he looks like an accident waiting to happen, he is very unsure on the ball and is in my opinion not a good reader of the game, full of hart I admit but that is not enough.
Armory
Bring on van Persie pls
phreddy
Fabregas the great!!! 1-0 to the Arsenal
phreddy
FAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAABBBBBBBBBBB!!!!!!!!!!
KaoTeK
FAAAABREEEEEEGAAAAAAAAAASSSSSSSSSS YEAAAHHHHH
anonymous
Huckin Fell
Armory
The boys have really shown great character today, we need to take this into the Premiership
phreddy
Adeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee OHmyfu(kinggod.....!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
KaoTeK
2-0 to the Arsenal A D E B A Y O R
phreddy
Wonderful assistance from Walcott
phreddy
AAAADEEEEBAYOOOORRRR GAME OVER
anonymous
Fair play.Well done.
HATEtheGOONERS
woo hoooooooooo!!what yu know about that?we are the arsenal...i said we are the arsenal and no italian team can touch us
the arsenal
I have a massive slice of humble pie for those that doubted us......get it while it's hot!!!
KaoTeK
i could kiss the ground they are walking on. look at the faces of the milan fans. Arsenal's Italian Job is well and truly done..
luckys_10
Out of this world!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Fab................ulous
HK_Gunner
let's have a bit of lavish from that silly british media now............ We have retired the AC Milan team... Europe, the gunners are coming....
Gael-Force
Nice one HTG....
KaoTeK
OMIGOD!!! THEY ******** DID IT!!! I'VE JUST LOST MY VOICE SCREAMING MY LUNGS OUT TOGETHER WITH A BUNCH OF NY GOONERS AT A BROOKLYN BAR! I CAN'T BELIEVE IT, THIS ******** BRILLIANT TEAM BEAT THE CHAMPIONS! IT'S FANTASTIC TO BE A GOONAH AND ARSENE WENGER IS GOD!!!!
jaelle
wheres real deal,5-1 and all them spuddies and chavs who were running their gobs?its good to be a gooner
the arsenal
Rocky, Ade looked lazy tonite a bit if yu say so, but he was awesome, the way he held the ball up, got others into play. he was immense, and Diaby probably had his best game in an Arsenal shirt, that too when not playing in his usual position. but what a moment, one of the greatest nights in our club's history. now we gotta go on and win the cup..
luckys_10
yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeessssssssssssssss
number14
flamster and fab kept control of the midfield!!did anybody see kaka?
the arsenal
where indeed is 5-1 (21-1) and all those silly people
number14
say the name - WALCOTT
number14
******** great game ***** i cant believe Fabregas scored.....and Ade put in Walcotts superb run and cross at the same time he missed it last game!!!!!
AB_Arsenal
Kaka WHO????? the name is FABREGAS....Pato WHO? The name is WALCOTT
number14
Big congrats to you guys. I just hope we can follow your lead next week at the San Siro!
Aamir
I've been saying Theo's season was this one. That boy is going to be one hell of a player. And Senderos will be a rock in our defence. I admit I was wrong judged him far too early. Fabregas was disgustingly awesome tonight.
Keplaz
Good result but I thought the Arse played very dirty and the ref was woeful, talk about kicking lumps out of Milan, Wenger has a nerve to moan about the physical side but The Arse are happy to dish it out. Hleb was a free kick out side the box and Milan were sh it And have lost 10 games at home this season so not as great a result as you guys think.
cockeril
Have to admit, you lot were quality tonight. Milan weren't in the game. Congratualtions.
dazspurs
i think adebayor did well..he frustrate the milan defence and what a goal by fabregas..2 player who clatter the bar score for us..
my_gunners
dazespud....milan was in th game...they were OUTCLASSED...simple
number14
We are the fu(ckin' ARSENAL
Spartan Gooner
Fu(kin' fantastic game... i think Flamini was immense... Gattuso who??? NOW who we are???
Spartan Gooner
number14...I offer you a compliment and you try and make an intelligent comment? I said you were quality..meaning that you KEPT Milan out the game. Where in my comment does that offend you?
dazspurs
Guess who is back...COASTARIANGOONER...What a timing to be back to the forum!!!!!!!..........I told my colleagues since first leg that the one to beat Milan is Fabregas and he did it tonight...All I can say now is.....LET THE MOMENTUM BEGIN TONIGHT UNTIL MAY...who is with me? ;)..Miss you fellas big time!!!
CoastarianGooner
lol cockeril, it certainly not that great a result compared to yu beating crap teams in the uefa cup. after all, we are a big club, and beating milan is not a problem for us. anyways hope yu enjoyed the game tonite, the league of the best teams in europe, a place where yu will never be..
luckys_10
by the way...compliment accepted....YESSSSS
number14
Coceriel you're a Spurs fan right? I don't know why you're trying to down play our victory seeing as your team isn't in a situation where they can even kick a ball on that pitch. Overall it's a great win and great peformance by the players I hope their fire continues burning like this for the rest of the season.
Gunners
All the pundits were going on about Cesc having to step up if he wanted to be considered in the same breath with the likes of Kaka. Mission accomplished, he is the best in Europe.
elbondo
We are the first English side to ever beat Milan at home :)
AB_Arsenal
italian job part 2 complete..hope for easier opponent for next round..if got real madrid..maybe we have a chance for bernebau demoliton part 2?
my_gunners
at 70 mins kaka had completed 7 succesful passes 33% its like he had flamini on as a backpack
anonymous
Cockeril, youll find they've lost twice at home this season, where did you get 10 from? Champions of Europe and havent been beaten at home in the Champs League. It was a terrific performance and at the San Siro as well. Didn't you or one of your kind predict we'd be spanked by Milan, now they are not so good? Whatever dude!
Keplaz
So me saying you were quality and you kept them out of the game doesnt mean that?...of course me saying that means you outplayed them.
dazspurs
Thanks daz. You are Spurs and people will always be suspicious but thanks for that, very big of you to admit that.
Keplaz
Cock - let's see how you feel if you beat Milan in next year's competition! Oh sorry my mistake you won't be in it. Now Go back to your hole and start looking forward to your UEFA cup game.
Red3
i had a bet with my g/f that she is getting on top tonight if if we win and ade scores and guess what!!cant wait for her to get home from work,i can see the thongs coming off right about now,really good to be a gooner
the arsenal
Masterclass performance.. superb to watch.. I almost couldn't believe that Fab had scored.. I actually thought it hit the side netting.. fantastic to watch.. we controlled the game from 20 mins onwards.. and ran Milan ragged. Flamini and Fab in the centre were superb.. the backline held its own and Ade did his job perfectly.. great result.. will do wonders for our confidence for the upcoming games..
arsenalrulz4ever
oh bugger of daze...i made my point and so have u...if we had lost u wld have been the first to come here snickering...THANKS but no thanks...i will reserve a compliment for the day u beat a milan/madrid OK...ARE U HAPPY NOW??? hey guys u know we have to take every spud compliment with a pinch of salt..
number14
And Milan have only lost five times all season Cockeril, get your facts right before you argue. They were everyone's favourites before the game and we made them look ordinary.
Keplaz
the arsenal, yu lucky fellow, and that is a damn good idea, ill keep such bets wid my chic mates next time :p..
luckys_10
dont think we are decieved...no spud can be truly happy we won...KEEP UR COMPLIMENTS..except of course u TRULY mean it...DO U? i believe i have some dough to collect on this one....
number14
guys whom do you want to face in the next round? i say bring on Barca or United..
luckys_10
and btw is the draw on friday or next week after the inter-pool game?
luckys_10
Nah I would rather get drawn with Real Madrid or Barcelona. I only want to play Manu in the league this season I feel we will win that however if we beat them in the champions league I feel we would lose it in the league :S.
Gunners
bring on anybody! after a win like that..WOOOWW..i would like to crash Barca out tho
ajwb
I am not going to lie and say I am happy you won. You played well and deserved the win and probably by more goals as Milan were Dire. I just find it funny that wenger is happy for his side to dish it out but cannot take it when it is dished out. Milan are in decline big time and Ancelotti will be out a job soon. The ref was abysmal and on another day you would not of got away with a lot of those tackles and kicks:)
cockeril
luckys_10 i know but it does'nt work all the time,the villa game comes to mind since she won that bet and dont ask what i had to do lol!
the arsenal
Cockeril you tw*t, Milan have NEVER lost to an english team at home, we did what United didn't do last year, we beat the cup holders, we beat a team of world cup winners, and lastly, Arsenal have never lost to an italian team in the knock out stages !
PUREGOLD
number14...look at Keplaz...thats how you take a compliment. Some of you came on and congratulated us after we beat Chelsea..none of us started arguing with how words were phrased. Firstly, I didnmt say I was happy with you winning I just said congrats and secondly, you are clearly under 15 or have the mental age of a child as the way you talk does seem to prove that. But anyway, enjoy your win.
dazspurs
didn't*
dazspurs
is daze for real? wow...well...i seriously hvnt got anything left to say to u
number14
you know cockeril, alot of us congratulated for beating chelsea in that small final you played in, you outplayed chelsea, we went to milan and played a team that just couldn't cope with us, we weren't dirty, the ref wasn't that bad, he made errors both sides, but thats football, just a shame you little spuds can't be big enough to say well done to an english team in europe, if you can't then go away and don't bother to say anything.
PUREGOLD
Aamir, wish you all d best but I think if u guys play as well as u know how to why not. We dazzled inter during the emirate cup and that was just a friendly
phreddy
PUREGOLD...i just did.
dazspurs
the arsenal, i'm really curious now, yu gotta tell us what she made yu do? it's only to help me mate, so that i dun make such kinda bets :d..
luckys_10
Always has to be some dick that comes on hear and tries to spoil a great night..."some of the tackles"... blah blah blah...so thats how we got the better of then was it ?....our lads were were being too rough on players like Gatusso , Maldini and Nesta ??...those poor little Italians being bullied by those nasty ruffian Arsenal boys !!...Grow up Cockeril...
radar
aw daze...so sweeeeet of u..thanks hon...u happy now?
number14
daz i know you did, i know alot of us came over to you guys and said well done, its tits like cockeril that keep this stupid rivalry over the top, fair play to you daz, nice for you to come over and say well done, me personally would of worded it with more over the top words but vital's bleep machine would have broken down ! :D is this better than beating inter milan ? or beating Juve ? i can't decide ! cockeril if only you knew what that was like !
PUREGOLD
PG and the rest of the lads, just ignore this little ***** that is cockeril. this our moment. lets celerbate instead of getting involved in an unwanted argument with this ********. by coming here and saying things that he is, he is only showing how much it's hurting him to see us have such glorious european nights and beating the best team in europe, something which his beloved spuds can only do on his PlayStation, and even there i'm sure they suck, so come on, lets salute Arsene Wenger's red & white army. he's got his magic hat on his head again, and we gonna do The Double again (i hope, i wish and i pray:)..
luckys_10
One of the best nights of my Arsenal life! Just an absolutely outstanding performance - Hleb, Cesc, Flam were amazing, didn't see Pirlo or Gattuso the entire game. You stop Kaka, you beat Milan.
Gooner_Vin
Lol cockeril, it makes the win even sweeter when it clearly gets under the skin of the likes of you....Like your grapes sour do you? Makes me laugh, the away Gooners were singing "are you watching tottenham?" seems that many were ahahaha.......
KaoTeK
cockeril, what the hell are you talking about "arsenal played dirty"??? The spuds say this crap all the time, they see what they want to see ("wengervision" is nothing unique to Wenger in the PL). Milan put in a lot of tackles and kept flopping on the ground the minute they lost possession. But of course your type never sees the sins committed by any team that Arsenal play against, we're ALWAYS dirty in every single minute of every single game we play. We eat babies too. Bitter, clueless spud, go away, we've achieved tonight something your team can only dream about.
jaelle
PG this has to be better than beating all those teams because we knocked out the defending champions and this Milan team is definetly better than the Madrid or Juve team we beat in 2006. and this win makes us the only english team, to beat, Inter, AC, Juventus and Roma all of them Italy..
luckys_10
That was a beautiful game of football. Stunning, we won despite numerous decisions going against us, and Milan were poor. We totally dominated the game from start to finish, something like 60% posession at the San Siro. We played like the home team. We completely bossed the midfield, Flamini was a monster in the centre and Fab was his classy best. That was The Arsenal, at our most potent, dazzling, and record breaking best!
Gunnerman
just had text from my brother in milan, he would liked to get ratted in milan but can't, why not i hear you cry, cos its £9 a pint ! OMFG !
PUREGOLD
cockril- how on earth can the EUROPEAN CHAMPIONS be on the downward spiral. are you mad? Dont even want your appreciation, keep hating. Enjoy the uEFA CUP this season and NEXT. LOL...At least daz spurs can just appreciate a great performance without adding the bitterness. didn't we compliment you after the carling cup final. anyway, haters like you make these kinda wins all the more enjoyable...lets see what the papers say
ian7
just have to say this (take it for what you will): the last time Milan lost at the San Siro in the CL was against Barcelona, who went on to win the trophy.
jaelle
And where are all the spuds who said that they couldnt wait for Milan to teach us a footballing lesson !!! This is one of the proudest moments in a gunner's life!
Will-i-am10
so who do we want in the quarters ? Barce ? United ? Chavs ?
PUREGOLD
Stunning, I am breathless and exasperated. Terrific performance.
Gunnerman
and we did not even get to see rvp yet....we are back where we belong and that should boost our confidence,senderos has won me over!!kolo has not been missed and wallcot is coming to life,not enough i can say about flamster and fab...they are pure class.kaka who?gattuso who?pirlo who?
the arsenal
I want Barcelona. Now.
Gunnerman
bring on thierry and Barca. He'll get a good reception but that's about it. he'll get spanked next...
Gael-Force
and lads, Fenerbache have beaten Sevilla, 3-2 on penalties, and im getting a bad feeling we'll draw the Turks in the last eight. but i wish that doesent happen. want Barca or United..
luckys_10
if we go to turkey that has to be seen the easiest of all the draws !
PUREGOLD
nah PG, i dun fancy us against a small team, who will play the typical english physical game to knock us out of our stride. and then look what happened when we played PSV last season. i want a big team and more nights like tonite..
luckys_10
Can you hear the Tottenham sing.................................................................................................................... I can't hear a fu#@ing thing.
Armory
Come on guys, let's just enjoy the great victory, whatever now! Spurs guys, doesn't matter whether you're truly happy for us, it's big of you guys to come and congratulate us. Thanks all the same. :)
Lou the Gunneress
i rather get a "big" team than a small team like fenebarche. we struggled to beat villareal and went out to psv last season. bring on the big guns.
fcdematthew
finally,its ur time to enjoy the moment...after the 5-1 and 4-0 thrashing,this victory would give much needed confidence to ur team...but to be honest,i wont bet on u winning the pl...it will take a mammoth effort from u to get a win at manc united and chelsea..
Spurs_fan_from_india
Spurs_fan_from_india, with that performance last night, we can beat both Manure and Chelski...so...STFU.
CoastarianGooner
By the way Simmo..keep the predictions coming ;)
CoastarianGooner
 

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