AC Milan’s Date With Destiny in Europa League

Serie A side AC Milan have a daunting task if they are to overcome a two goal deficit when they face Arsenal in their Europa League second leg match at Emirates Stadium, London on Thursday night.

Arsenal was clinical in the first leg in Italy where they ran out as 2-0 winners on the tie to be firm favourites to progress. The win also ended Milan’s unbeaten run of 13 matches in all competitions.

After facing a torrid spell, Arsene Wenger has in the last few matches inspired resurgence in the side. That victory in Milan was followed up by a solid 3-0 win over Watford. Milan on the hand warmed up for this tie by narrowly edging Genoa 1-0 in the league. Milan head coach Gennaro Gattuso knows too well that the Gunners have been vulnerable at home this season. During the previous round, they lost 1-2 to Swedish side Ostersund. However, he has conceded that they are at distinct disadvantage.

Speaking to Mediaset Gattuso said, “We’ve still got a 30 per cent chance of going through and we’re not going to London for a holiday. We need to respect our glorious shirts. ‘The league table is finally looking pretty for us. Our objective is there in front of us, but we’ve got to take things game by game.

“I was a bit worried because we’d not lost in two and half months until Arsenal so we were afraid we might struggle after going so long without losing, but the team responded well. After Thursday, I heard a lot of nattering that you hear in the pub, about how we were lacking something physically, yet here we are coping right through to the 95th minute. We just got that game wrong against a strong Arsenal side.”

This season, the former AC Milan defensive midfielder has been seen as man who inspires confidence in the side. They are currently placed sixth in the Serie A with 11 matches left to play which is the final Europa League qualification slot.

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