Published: Fri, March 09, 2018
Markets | By Rosalie Gross

Arsene Wenger targets European redemption as Arsenal aim for AC Milan

Arsene Wenger targets European redemption as Arsenal aim for AC Milan

Arsenal travel to San Siro on Thursday to face AC Milan in the Europa League Round of 16 first leg, hoping to arrest their awful form.

With Arsenal 30 points off champions-elect Manchester City and perhaps more dammingly 13 off fourth placed Spurs the Europa League had been seen by many - if not Wenger - as the club's best chance of silverware this season.

But Grimandi, who made more than 100 Arsenal appearances and is now a scout for the club, told L'Equipe that disappointed him.

The first leg kicks off at 6pm tonight at the San Siro and an Arsenal side lacking in confidence will hope to breach a Milan team that's conceded just once in their last eight matches.

"Bad... It saddens me, because guys like Thierry [Henry] or Martin [Keown], I like them, I have good relations with them, but some go in the direction of the controversy and I deplore it". What I saw was a different side to Arsenal. Both players starred in Arsenal's last victory - Ozil scored the Gunners' third goal away to Ostersunds, while Mkhitaryan provided two assists on the night. Because when you lose three games in six days it's always very hard. "All their eggs are in one basket, a little bit like Manchester United".

"That's what Arsenal will do now".

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Il Diavolo were eventually dumped out of competition in the quarter-finals by winners FC Barcelona, but that season marked the beginning of a rapid decline in fortunes with the Serie A powerhouse. The Armenia global ensured it did not go to waste, maintaining his fine Europa League goalscoring record with a little help from a Leonardo Bonucci deflection. It could be that Wenger goes back to that system to make Arsenal more hard to beat.

David Ospina is expected to continue in goal, as he has done all season in the Europa League.

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In his short and quixotic managerial career to date, Gattuso has made headlines for slapping his assistant on the touchline, for asking his own players to slap him and for a weird expletive-ridden post-match press conference (see video below).

The third wheel of that midfield was the key to this, one of Arsenal's best all-round performances of the season. "We never played as a compact team and they deserved the win".

"They've done the disgusting side of football, and we know they're fantastically creative and can do all the brilliant stuff going forward, but actually the discipline of defence and the way they dug in and worked hard as a team - that's what Arsenal fans want to see".

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