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AC Milan v Arsenal Europa League Preview

Posted on March 07, 2018 by David Nugent

On Thursday night, Arsenal face a test of their Europa League credentials as the Gunners travel to Italy to face AC Milan in the first leg of their last-16 tie.

AC Milan are currently in good form heading into this clash. In fact, the Rossoneri are 13 games unbeaten in all competitions. The home side have lost just one game in their last 21 games in its guises of UEFA Cup and Europa League.

However, this season is the first eight that the Milan have actually participated in this competition, as they have either feature in the Champions League or missed out on Europe completely.

The Italian giants have embraced this competition, recording nine victories in their last 12 Europa League games, including beating Ludogorets home and away in the last-32.

The Italian side have a highly respectable home record in this competition, having won 16 of their last 20 games at the San Siro while suffering just one defeat.

Arsenal heads into this game on the back of a horrendous run of results. The Gunners have now lost their last four games in all competitions, while also losing five of their last seven competitive games.

One of those defeats came in the last round of this competition when Arsene Wenger’s side suffered a 2-1 home defeat against Swedish minnows Ostersunds. However, a 3-0 first leg win in Sweden was enough to ensure the Gunners progress to the last-16.

The visitors have a decent record in the Europa League this season, winning five of their eight games in the competition. They have also won three of their four away games in the Europa League.

The Gunners will be highly wary of this tie, though, as they have exited Europe at the last-16 stage in the last seven seasons.

Team News

The home side have virtually a fully-fit squad heading into this clash. Midfielder Andrea Conti is a fitness doubt, though.

Arsenal are once again without Santi Cazorla and Alexandre Lacazette due to injury. January signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is ineligible and Nacho Monreal is a fitness doubt.

Betting News

AC Milan are the favourites to record a victory in this clash at 6/5, while the draw is 12/5 and the out-of-form visitors are 13/5 to record a victory at the San Siro.

This game is likely to be a tough one for Arsenal. The Gunners need to somehow gain a positive result from this clash to take into the second leg at the Emirates Stadium.

Can Arsenal return from Milan with a positive result?

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