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Arsenal travel to Italy to face AC Milan at the San Siro in their Europa League clash this week and, after a disappointing 2-1 defeat to Brighton on Sunday, Arsene Wenger’s team selection has to be perfect.
Wenger’s starting 4-3-3 against Milan is likely to be similar to the side that lost 2-1 at home to Östersunds FK on 22 February… which probably won fill Arsenal fans will much hope considering how terribly that XI chose to play.
Milan are enjoying a strong spell after a disastrous start to their Serie A campaign. The Italian side are still seventh in their league but haven’t lost a match in any competition since 23 December. They’ve also not conceded a single goal in six matches.
When you compare that to Arsenal, who are shipping goals for fun, you can understand why some fans are pessimistic over the tie. Myself included.
Alexandre Lacazette is still sidelined after undergoing knee surgery following the Spurs defeat last month, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is ineligible to feature after playing for Dortmund in the Champions League already this term, and Santi Cazorla is out with his long-term Achilles problem.
Nacho Monreal is still expected to be out of action with an inflamed back, which he suffered against Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final.
Hector Bellerin, who only came on for the final seven minutes against Brighton, reportedly hasn’t traveled to Italy as he’s suffering from an ongoing knee injury.
Therefore, it doesn’t really feel like Wenger has much choice when it comes to his Milan line-up.