On Thursday night, Arsenal host Italian giants AC Milan at the Emirates Stadium in the Europa League last 16 second leg. The Gunners recorded a highly respectable 2-0 win in the first leg courtesy of goals from Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Aaron Ramsey.
Arsenal will be confident of progressing into the last eight, especially as they have a decent home record against Italian sides in Europe. The north London team have recorded nine wins from their last 15 meetings with Italian clubs, suffering just two defeats in the process.
The Gunners have won six of their nine Europa League games this season, suffering just two defeats. However, Arsene Wenger’s side’s home record in this competition is mixed, as they have won two, drawn one and lost one of their last four home games.
The first leg defeat against Arsenal was Milan’s first of 2018, as they had enjoyed a decent run of form in Serie A prior to the surprising defeat. The visitor’s recent record in the Europa League is a mixed one, as they have won three and lost two of their games in Europe’s secondary competition.
Milan’s recent European games have been low scoring, with under 2.5 goals scored in five of their last seven outings in this competition.
The visitors have a decent recent away record in the Europa League, losing just one of their last ten games on their travels. Gennaro Gattuso’s team have also kept clean sheets in four of their last six away games in this competition, conceding just three goals in the process.
A big negative for Milan heading to north London is that they have won just once on their last 16 visits to England, suffering nine defeats in the process.
Arsenal are once again without Alexandre Lacazette and Santi Cazorla due to injury, while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is ineligible to play. Defensive trio Shkodran Mustafi, Hector Bellerin and Nacho Monreal are expected to feature following their return to training after slight injury problems.
AC Milan are without full-back Ignacio Abate and Andrea Conti due to injury. Boss Gennaro Gattuso is likely to field the same starting eleven that started the first leg.
Arsenal are favourites to win this clash at 21/20, while both the draw and an away win are odds of 27/10.
Arsenal looks to have done the hard bit by winning the first leg. However, the Gunners cannot afford any complacency and need to put in a professional performance to seal a spot in the last eight of the competition.
Will Arsenal get the better of AC Milan on Thursday night?