If Arsenal fail to qualify for the quarter finals of the Champions League, it won’t be through a lack of bravery at the San Siro stadium. The BBC report that Cesc Fabregas is being typically bullish ahead of the Gunners’ second leg against holders Milan, promising his team are going to attack from the off.
“We are young, but we are not scared and we will play our game,” he said.
“You have always seen if we are winning or losing, we will never go to defend. We will always want to attack.
“You take the risk that sometimes you will draw or lose, of course, but we enjoy it – and any football fans should be proud there are teams like Arsenal who want to play football always, not to defend,” he said.
“We are playing against Milan, a big team with a lot of medals in their pockets.
“It will be interesting to see how we respond to that.
“We will play at the San Siro for the first time, and think we can do well if we play per cent and maybe we can cause a surprise.”
Despite Arsenal’s willingness not to simply put men behind the ball against Milan, it’s clear from the recent successes of the Rossoneri and Liverpool that it’s often the more defensive teams that succeed in Europe at the expense of flair outfits. Will the young Gunners come of age against the wily Italians or is this where their Champions League adventure ends this season?