AC Milan v Arsenal – Arsenal looking to bounce back

Arsenal will be looking to bounce back to winning ways after four consecutive defeats when they travel to the San Siro to face AC Milan this evening.

The Gunners four game losing spell is the worst run they’ve endured in 16 years with losses to Ostrersunds, Man City twice and then Brighton. In that time, they conceded 10 goals and scored just three so they will be looking to rectify that tonight.

On the flip side, Milan will be buoyant after securing their spot in the Coppa Italia final with a penalties win against Lazio last week. They will also be feeling a lot fresher after all Serie A games were postponed last weekend following the tragic death of Fiorentina captain, Davide Astori.

Gennaro Gattuso’s side are also unbeaten in the last 13 matches and sit seventh in Serie A. Arsenal will have their work cut out against a good side in even better form.

Team News

Milan Line Up:

  • 99 Donnarumma
  • Calabria
  • 19 Bonucci
  • 13 Romagnoli
  • 68 Rodríguez
  • 79 Kessié
  • 21 Biglia
  • Bonaventura
  • Fernández Saez
  • 63 Cutrone
  • 10 Calhanoglu

Arsenal Line Up:

  • 13 Ospina
  • 21 Chambers
  • 20 Mustafi
  • Koscielny
  • 31 Kolasinac
  • Ramsey
  • 29 Xhaka
  • 11 Özil
  • 10 Wilshere
  • 77 Mkhitaryan
  • 23 Welbeck

Manager Comments

Arsene Wenger may have just faced his toughest spell as Arsenal manager this last month and the heat he is facing has intensified.

He has showed defiance this week though and told BBC Sport he thinks this is a good opportunity for his side:

“It is difficult when you go through a patch like this, but it is a good opportunity to show you have the quality and the strengths and you can only show that when it is difficult.

“It is a good opportunity to show we can deal with that – and in the longer term it will make the team even stronger.”

Milan boss Gennaro Gattuso says he thinks his side will need to be at top gear despite Arsenal’s recent poor performances:

“We have definitely improved mentally, technically and tactically. Tomorrow we face a team that is having certain problems, but that has done better than us in the past years. We have shown to be in good conditions but we have to prove it once again tomorrow”

The last time the two sides met was in the Champions League in 2012. AC Milan pulled Arsenal apart at the San Siro with Robinho and Zlatan Ibrahimovic both netting. In the return leg, Arsenal played with spirit but their 3-0 win was not enough to keep them in the UCL and they crashed out.

The Gunners will definitely be hoping history does not repeat itself this time around.

 

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