Gattuso's new Milan are to be feared says former striker

Gattuso's new Milan are to be feared says former striker

Wenger, who has been at Arsenal since 1996, has been criticised by some of his former players who now work as pundits.

However, that was with a large number of Arsenal fans hugely disappointed at underachieving during this era in the life of their Club.

"It makes me sad because guys like Thierry or Martin, I like them, I have a good relationship with them, but some of them take a sensationalist path and I don't like that", he said.

The manager is a huge fan of Koscielny and wants to bring him to Spain, in case his player decides to join the north London outfit. And they sometimes went out of their way to return to the club after the end of their playing career... They should take a look at Giorgio Chiellini's display against Tottenham at Wembley, where he was high-fiving every time Juventus kept Spurs at bay. I think Wenger has this chance to get things right.

The Gunners face AC Milan at the San Siro on Thursday night in the opening leg of their last-16 clash.

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Only Real Madrid have greater European pedigree than AC Milan, who have won Europe's premier club competition on seven occasions. "Nothing is permanent in life", said Wenger.

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"If you love a place and they ask - I repeat, they ask - for help, you are always going to say yes", Henry said.

"A coach is judged over the long term". There was the 'growing resentment' towards under-performing high earners, the scapegoating of three particular players after defeat to Brighton, and a crisis meeting where tears were shed, answers were sought and lines were drawn. "It doesn't make sense".

It seems a lifetime ago since the Londoners 2003/04 "Invincibles" team, where manager Arsene Wenger boasted and masterminded one of the most fearsome squads in English football history.

Shevchenko was a teammate of Gattuso and knows the club very well, and knows how much of a struggle it will be for Arsenal.

"It hurts me to see him in such difficulty because he was so important for me".

And defensively, they worked hard as a unit - marshalled by skipper Laurent Koscielny - to deny Milan space in attacking areas. It is impossible to predict the actions of a player who never knows his next move himself until it actually happens, and this was one of those rare occasions where that worked nearly entirely in his favour.