AC Milan vs Arsenal: Team News, Likely Line-up & Predicted Score

By on February 15, 2012

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The Champions League is back Gooners! Tonight is the first leg of our Champions League tie with European heavy-weight AC Milan and it promises to be an exciting game at the San Siro.

I’m really looking forward to this one. You can’t beat a Champions League game against one of the big-boys. It’s a real chance to prove our doubters wrong and build upon our recent mini revival.

The game is also going to be Thierry Heny’s final match before he return to the NYRB. Henry has certainly had a positive impact during his short time back in North London.

Thierry has played about 146 minutes of football for Arsenal during his loan spell but that has resulted in 3 goals, including 2 match winners. That is an amazing record, even for someone like Henry! Lets hope he signs off with another memorable display this evening.

Team News

Unfortunately, AC Milan are able to welcome back several first team players for the game. They were missing 13 players at the weekend but a Alessandro Nesta, Alexandre Pato, Kevin-Prince Boateng, Matthieu Flamini, Christian Abbiati and Mario Yepes are all in-line to return after injury, while key striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is also available as was serving a domestic ban.

The only real injury news for Arsenal is that the gentle giant Per Mertesacker is ruled out with a nasty ankle injury, that is likely to keep him on the sidelines for at least a month. Per posted an image of the injury on his Facebook page, you can see it here.

Kieran Gibbs is almost certain to return at left back with Vermaelen moving back to his more natural central role. I would like to see Rosicky retain his place in the side as he’s been impressive in recent games. Despite his goal at the weekend, Ramsey should miss out.

I’m hoping Wenger has the balls to start Oxlade-Chamberlain despite the magnitude of this game and his relative inexperience. He has certainly shown he can handle himself and he can cause the Milan back line all sorts of problems on the giant San Siro pitch tonight.

Likely Line-up

Arsenal Team vs Milan

 

Predicted Score

This is a tough one to call. Many claim that AC Milan are an ageing side that are there for the taking. But the fact remains that they are still top of Serie A, so they can’t be that bad can they?!

Walcott and Chamberlain could be key to the game, as their pace down the wings will cause Milan problems if used effectively. Get the ball in behind the full backs for the pair to run on to and we’re laughing. But AC have some firepower of their own, and Ibrahimovic is due a performance against an English side. Lets just hope it doesn’t come tonight.

A score draw would be a very good result here, and i can see us securing a 1-1 draw to take back to the Grove.  AC Milan 1-1 Arsenal.

We’ll have the goals up shortly after the final whistle so check back later!

What’s your prediction for the game? Please leave your opinions in the comments section below…

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66 Comments

  1. hary

    February 15, 2012 at 11:59 am

    i think ac milan 1 – arsenal 2,
    as the rocket RVP is in good form.
    with one goal by walcott and other by RVP

  2. Moses

    February 15, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    I predicted 1-2 in favour of arsenal.gunnas 4 life

  3. Afeemonga

    February 15, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    Arsenal we win 3-1 up arsenal

  4. david

    February 15, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    ARSENAL WILL beat ac milan 3-i in
    tonight champion league goal from RVP and Vermaelen,

  5. Gilberto

    February 15, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    I got a feeling Wenger might choose Arshavin over the OX because of his assist over the weekend

    • Buskemannen

      February 15, 2012 at 1:45 pm

      Agreed, but I believe it would be a good choice. Hopefully Arshavin is getting in form after the decent appearance in the Sunderland game where he showed his quality. I really don’t think Chambo is ready for a start at San Siro yet.

  6. folly

    February 15, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    i will prefer wenger to choose couquelin over gibbs. it will be better cos that boy is a real fighter.

  7. ali Tongo i

    February 15, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    Arsenal will win 3-0.Man u & Man City like or not.Let them wait 4 next season to play 4 Champions League.

  8. Joshua Obodai

    February 15, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    i think the score is goning to be 1-4 !!!!! because we have a verry good team line.

  9. Joshua Obodai

    February 15, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    Robin van persie is going to a hat – trick and theo walcott is going to score 2 goal. i think o-5 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. joshua obodai

    February 15, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    Walcott,Van persie,song will score i think and Walcott is going to do well !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. caleb

    February 15, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    robin van persie is going to score three goals for arsenal and i think it,s to be 0-3.

  12. joshua obodai

    February 15, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    with one goal by Theo Walcott and Van Persie it will be are day!!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. joshua obodai

    February 15, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    Arsenal will win by Henry as the last day for him.

  14. Rob West

    February 15, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    1-0 arsenal, with a chamberlin goal i recon

  15. Seamonkey UK

    February 15, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    That is the strongest team we have bar Jack. He better not start with Arshavin today but you know he will. Good good feeling about tonight. I like that everyone are saying we are going to lose. Write us off at your peril

  16. yoosuf

    February 15, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    robin is going to a hat-trick and oxlade chamberlain going to score 1 goal.ithinkkkk ARSENAL 4 AC MILAN 2

  17. innocent thegenius

    February 15, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    that can not happen may one from van persie and one from henry then may be oxlade

    • joshua

      February 15, 2012 at 4:50 pm

      walcott as well!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  18. murphy

    February 15, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    Arsenal 2 AC Millan 1

  19. Jr

    February 15, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    nonesense pato is back zatlan, robinho, prince. My prediction is 3 -1 ac milan

  20. Jr

    February 15, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    Ac milan has to show thery credibility as a team other wise summer market wil come and many will leave. San siro will defenetly will offer a great show ac milan forever

  21. Sulaimon

    February 15, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    I tink today mach is goin to fafour arsenal with the curent form now, ac milan is also good but with woth form of arsenal striker R van perse

  22. joshua

    February 15, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    arsenal is going to knock the down.

  23. emmanuelasida

    February 15, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    arsenal 1-2 ac milan

  24. timothy clergy

    February 15, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    i think milan is gonna destroy arsenal …… we r 7 time champions nah and currently on top of d serieA

  25. Firo

    February 15, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    Is not all about one player is all about 90m. Am just hoping ac milan to have 3 point. Check milan against barcelona unexpected match.

  26. Hassenow

    February 15, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    I think wenger should employ francis at right back he is cool,anyway arsenal 1 ac milan 1

  27. Firo

    February 15, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    D match is 2 hand ne condem any player any team any coach but wait for 90 minuit.

  28. saiduzitto

    February 15, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    check out today Arsenal will take 3 points clear ove ac.

  29. nuel

    February 15, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    arsenal 2 ac milan 3

  30. 4 nil

    February 15, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    4 nil!!!! Ibra shut the haters up!!!!

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