Arsene Wenger targets European redemption as Arsenal aim for AC Milan

Danny Woods
March 9, 2018

Wenger also emphasised the need for his players to get the basics right in order to gain a positive result.

Such financial qualms are thankfully not something which Arsenal has to worry about, though they too have seen great sides retire and be replaced by players who - nearly to a man - are not fit to lace the boots of their predecessors.

Arsenal goalscorer Aaron Ramsey admits the players want to silence their critics after the 2-0 win at Europa League opponents AC Milan on Thursday night. Firstly, you mustn't have a short memory - they owe a lot to Arsene, and they have sometimes done all they can to get back into the club after the end of their playing career.

'Then, they should respect the investment of Arsene in the club, the fact that he works like insane every day. Arsene makes strategic decisions every day for Arsenal. "The players don't want any particular manager to come in - some speak about Thierry Henry, Carlo Ancelotti and even Rafa Benitez - but they are really frustrated", says the report.

Here are the lineups you can expect to see on the pitch at San Siro.

Arsenal are now occupying the sixth position on 45 points in the Premier League table.

"Why not? He can assist me and I can assist him as well".

Arsenal ease pressure on Wenger. Image Getty
Arsenal ease pressure on Wenger. Image Getty

One source of Europa League experience that could be key in this tie is Henrik Mkhitaryan, who won the competition last season with Manchester United.

"In one week you don't become a bad team or bad player".

"It is an important win of course after we had a nightmare week", added Wenger, whose side came to Milan after losing to Premier League leaders Manchester City - who also beat them in last month's League Cup final - and Brighton & Hove Albion.

A fixture that would have been dubbed as a headline tie in the Champions League a decade ago has turned into a second-tier European cup competition with two club's that boast 77 major titles between them.

That was in the Champions League, a competition Wenger successfully qualified for over 19 seasons before missing out past year. We are a bit affected by what happened.

The long-serving Frenchman has fallen under mounting pressure in north London, with Europa League success offering a final route to silverware and a return to a Champions League stage.

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