Arsenal travel to the San Siro for the first leg of their last sixteen match against AC Milan in the Champions’ League wit hthe odds stacked against them, but the price of 11/4 will definitely attract plenty of interest from punters across Europe.
The Gunners – who topped a tricky group which included Marseille, Olimpiacos and Borussia Dortmund – will be hoping they can progress even further by reaching the quarter finals.
Milan, however, will prove an undoubtedly tricky hurdle, with a team packed full of world class attacking talent. Add to that a young defender who many believe to be the best in the world, Thiago Silva, and the scale of the task seems somewhat daunting.
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But strip away all the hype surrounding big names such as Alexandre Pato, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Robinho, and suddenly you realise the Serie A leaders have not been having things all their own way this season.
A recent 2-1 defeat to Juventus leaves them on the verge of dropping out of the Coppa Italia if they cannot turn things around in the second leg.
Furthermore, a defeat to Lazio and a 0-0 draw with Napoli has left Milan just two points clear of Juventus at the top of the table, with the second place team holding two games in hand.
Arsenal, meanwhile, have been enjoying something of a renaissance in the Premier League of late. Thierry Henry scored the winner against Sunderland on Saturday, while a 7-1 thumping of Blackburn the previous week has helped guide them back into the top four of the Premier League after a torrid start to the season.
AC Milan will be boosted by the return of some of their key players from injury, with goalkeeper Christian Abbiati, Alexandre Pato and Alessandro Nesta all returning to training.
The Gunners should welcome back Bacary Sagna and Keiran Gibbs to their defence but will be without Per Mertesacker as well as long-term injury victims Jack Wilshere, Andre Santos, and Abou Diaby.
It all sets up a fascinating first leg tie in what could prove to be one of the fixtures of the round.