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

Arsenal go into tonights Champions League second leg with AC Milan looking to overturn a 4-0 deficit. Here is team news, likely line-ups and predicted score.

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Arsenal will attempt to do the (almost) impossible as they go into tonights Champions League second leg with AC Milan looking to overturn a 4-0 deficit. 

We put in one of our worst performances of the season in Italy and deserved to be beaten. But Milan weren’t unplayable that night, we were just that bad and don’t forget a dodgy penalty and a slip from Vermaelen gifted them two goals. I’m confident if the Arsenal that turned up against Tottenham, turns up tonight, we will win the game. But by at least four goals? Maybe not.

I just wish it was ‘only’ 2-0, or even 3-0 would be doable, but 4-0 is likely to be an insurmountable amount to overturn. We have the capabilities to score plenty of goals at home, 12 in the last two games at the Emirates shows that, but can we keep a clean sheet? Our defence has hardly been water-tight this season and an away goal would leave us needing to score six!

If the scoreline wasn’t bad enough, the task has been made even more difficult due to a number of midfield injuries. Arsene Wenger could find himself with only one fit midfielder tonight. Maybe that will force him to play with the six strikers he joked about!

Team News

Mikel Arteta is out after getting concussion against Liverpool, Abou Diaby and Yossi Benayoun are also ruled out after picking up knocks at Anfield.

Thomas Rosicky will face a late test to see if he’s able to start, so with Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey, Francis Coquelin and Emmanuel Frimpong all also ruled out, it leaves Alex Song as the only fit midfielder.

It’t not just in midfield where we have problems. Kieran Gibbs is also facing a late fitness test and if ruled out, i’m not sure who will step in at left back as Vermaelen is needed in the middle due to Mertesacker being out and Andre Santos is still recovering from ankle surgery.

Milan will be without Alexandre Pato who has a thigh injury, while neither Clarence Seedorf or Kevin-Prince Boateng have played since the first leg.

Massimo Ambrosini is suspended and Nesta hasn’t travelled, Urby Emanuelson and Luca Antonini have both returned.

Likely Line-ups

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Predicted Score

I think Arsenal will win tonight, but not by enough to progress to the quarter finals. The damage was done at the San Siro. However, a win will ensure we keep up the momentum and retain the confidence we’ve built after beating Spurs and Liverpool. But an early goal and you never know! Arsenal 3-1 AC Milan. 

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What are your thoughts on the game? Please leave your opinions in the comments section below…



  1. ogban

    March 6, 2012 at 11:52 am

    A win, any score, will do for me. Let’s regroup for the more important business of the domestic league. No unnecessary risks, please.

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  4. nikkogunners

    March 6, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    Instructive is the fact that those two teams we have just beaten, Tottenham and Liverpool have both beaten AC Milan in the Champions league. Liverpool coming from 3 goals down to steal the Cup from under AC’s noses. Maybe that’s ominous. It it also ominous that we had comebacks. Of course the problem we have is how to keep Milan from scoring. I would have suggest a 3.5.2 formation so that we can sneak park (not Chamakh) next to RVP, but am afraid about our back. Then again, maybe when they are three and Song is the forth one with a free defensive role, we will be more solid. after all this is a trial and error game where anything that can work goes and if it does not work we forget it happened and move on…

  5. Ilkacase ugaaska

    March 6, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    I bleive arsenal can score more than 3 goals, if the fans and players work together as they did years ago in sansiro wi

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  7. ayus baba

    March 6, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    Tonight, arsenal will win the battle but not the war.

  8. Afeemonga

    March 6, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    We can win the game up gunners afeez

  9. Afeemonga

    March 6, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    We can win the game up gunners up afeez RVP UP SOGE

  10. tolu bello

    March 6, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    arsenal will surely,if we did nt loose most of our chances bcos i kw dat within 20min,we will av more than 7 chances,up gunners

  11. Kimson kimeu

    March 6, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    Its yes we can! Team work eventualy pays!

  12. Kosgei shaddy

    March 6, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    In God every thing si possible n i know tat we will make to quorter finals by a gaol difference of 1.

  13. hushas

    March 6, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    the situtn looks unpredictable, but the fact dat arsenal is on course, we will progres to the next stage, insha Allah.gunners for life

  14. ricki

    March 6, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    Times like this i wish we still have the old school back 4.

    Well, time to take the Italians back to school, show them how the London boys do it

  15. amjad

    March 6, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    i know arsenal can do it tonight insha allah god can make this happen cumon u gooners

  16. Youngbil hassan koded

    March 6, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    Dem no get choice oh,arsenal don komot 4 d league

    • Iyanoye olatunde bright

      March 6, 2012 at 10:48 pm

      Up gunners,arsene we need to strenghten our defence and mildfield

  17. imran

    March 6, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    Its Possible in the name of god as not he best players are accept robiniho and ibrahimovic GOD HELP US PLZZZZZZZZZ

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