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Champions League preview: Arsenal vs AC Milan

5 March 2012 08:25

Arsenal need a second-leg miracle if they are to advance to the Champions League quarter-finals at the expense of AC Milan.

Thrashed 4-0 in the first leg at the San Siro on February 15, Arsene Wenger's men will become just the fourth team in the history of UEFA competition to overturn a four-goal first-leg deficit if they can achieve the massive task on Tuesday.

The English Premier League club enter the clash with plenty of confidence after beating rivals Tottenham 5-2 and Liverpool 2-1 in their last two league games.

But Milan's form is better still - they are on a run of five consecutive matches without defeat in all competitions and sit three points clear atop Serie A.

Massimiliano Allegri will be wary of the threat Arsenal pose after Wenger's side scored five times in the space of 30 minutes in the win over Tottenham.

Frenchman Wenger, who could add the likes of Mikel Arteta, Abou Diaby, Yossi Benayoun and Kieran Gibbs to an already lengthy injury list after the Liverpool win, said his side were capable of a sensational turnaround.

"We want to make the impossible possible - that is our target. It seems impossible but you have to play with belief and think you can do it," Wenger said.

"You never know in this game. Maybe I will change individuals in the team and go for it and see if we can put them under pressure and try to score goals. We have nothing to lose."

"If we have the attitude we showed against Spurs, nothing is fatal. We have talented players up front."

The form of Dutchman Robin van Persie, who netted his 30th and 31st goals this season from all competitions in the win over Liverpool, gives Wenger every reason to believe a huge win is possible.

Stopping the visitors from scoring, however, will again be a tough task for Wenger's side.

Star AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic returned to Serie A action on Saturday and netted a hat-trick in his side's 4-0 win against Palermo, and the Swede caused Arsenal all sorts of problems in the first leg.

Combined with the dangerous Robinho, Antonio Nocerino and Kevin-Prince Boateng, Milan's attack are equipped to trouble Arsenal, and an early goal for Allegri's men will effectively put the tie to bed.

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3 - 0

Milan

L L L L W
Competition
UEFA Champions League
Date
6 March 2012
Kick-off
20:45
Half-time
3 - 0
Full-time
3 - 0
On aggregate
3 - 4
Venue
Emirates Stadium (London)
Attendance
59973

Goals

1 - 0
2 - 0
R. van Persie (PG) 43'
(assist by A. Oxlade-Chamberlain) 
3 - 0

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20:54
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13:28
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12:17
11:39
11:28
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10:58
10:30
10:03
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08:56
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06:51
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01:08
00:04

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