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Match facts: Milan v Arsenal

Published: Sunday 12 February 2012, 21.45CET
Match facts: Milan v Arsenal
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Published: Sunday 12 February 2012, 21.45CET

Match facts: Milan v Arsenal

Milan

UEFA milestones
• None

UEFA Champions League statistics
• Milan have collected nine yellow cards, the joint lowest total of the teams in the last 16 along with FC Barcelona.

• Alberto Aquilani is available after a one-game ban; Mark van Bommel and Massimo Ambrosini's next bookings will incur a suspension.

Latest domestic information
Saturday 11 February: Udinese Calcio 1-2 AC Milan (Di Natale 19; Maxi López 77, El Shaarawy 85)
Amelia; Abate, Mexès, Thiago Silva, Mesbah; Emanuelson, Ambrosini, Nocerino (Maxi López 66); Seedorf; Robinho (Bonera 88), El Shaarawy

• Substitute Maxi López scored his first goal for the club and set up Stephan El Shaarawy for the youngster's second effort in as many outings as Milan ended a run of three games without a win.

• Zlatan Ibrahimović began a three-match league ban on Saturday. He has scored 17 goals in his last 19 club appearances, but none in his last three.

• The Rossoneri's 13-month, 18-match unbeaten league run at San Siro ended on 15 January when they lost 1-0 to FC Internazionale Milano.

• They suffered more home disappointment on 8 February when Juventus beat them 2-1 in the first leg of their Coppa Italia semi-final. The tie concludes in Turin on 21 March.

• Clarence Seedorf's goal against AC Cesena on 24 September means he has scored in every one of his 20 campaigns as a professional.

• Ambrosini has registered in each of the last 15 Serie A seasons (14 in a row for Milan), getting off the mark this term in the 3-0 victory over Cagliari Calcio on 29 January.

• Milan's haul of one win and two draws from their first five league games represented the worst start to a Serie A defence since SSC Napoli in 1990/91.

Injury news
• Milan's injury list includes: Mario Yepes (ankle, out since 11 December), Aquilani (ankle, 13 January), Kevin-Prince Boateng (thigh, 15 January), Pato (thigh, 18 January), Alexander Merkel (knee, 26 January), Alessandro Nesta (thigh, 4 February) and Christian Abbiati (thigh, 5 February).

• Rodney Strasser has not featured since undergoing ankle surgery at the start of January.

• Mathieu Flamini, who is not in the UEFA Champions League squad, has not played since damaging knee ligaments in a 2-1 friendly win against Juventus on 21 August.

UEFA Champions League squad changes
In: Djamel Mesbah (US Lecce), Maxi López (Calcio Catania, loan), Stephan El Shaarawy
Out: Taye Taiwo (Queens Park Rangers FC, loan), Gennaro Gattuso, Antonio Cassano

• Merkel (Genoa CFC) and Strasser (Lecce) are available after returning from loan.

• Milan also signed Sulley Muntari (Inter, loan), Philipp Prosenik (Chelsea FC) and Lucas Roggia (SC Internacional, loan) in January, but they are all ineligible.

• Cassano will miss the rest of the season after undergoing heart surgery on 4 November.

• Gattuso has been diagnosed with sixth nerve palsy, a disorder associated with the dysfunction of the cranial nerve that controls eye movement. He has not played since the opening day of the season.

Miscellaneous
• On 23 January, Ibrahimović was named players' player of 2011 in Serie A; El Shaarawy took the Serie B award for his performances while on loan at Padova Calcio in 2010/11.

• Thiago Silva was named at centre-back in the 2011 UEFA.com users' Team of the Year.

• Massimiliano Allegri signed a two-year contract extension on 15 January, tying him to Milan until June 2014.

Arsenal

UEFA milestones
• Yossi Benayoun's goal on matchday six was the Gunners' 250th in the European Cup.

UEFA Champions League statistics
• Tomáš Rosický's next booking will incur a ban.

Latest domestic information
Saturday 11 February: Sunderland AFC 1-2 Arsenal FC (McClean 70; Ramsey 75, Henry 90+1)
Szczęsny; Sagna, Mertesacker (Ramsey 72), Vermaelen, Koscielny; Song, Arteta, Walcott (Arshavin 87), Rosický, Oxlade-Chamberlain (Henry 66); Van Persie

• Arsenal's substitutes all made telling contributions – Andrey Arshavin set up Thierry Henry's winner – as the Gunners claimed their first victory in four away games.

• Henry, whose loan ends on 16 February, has scored three goals in six appearances (all as a second-half substitute) during this spell at Arsenal. He marked his return for the Gunners with the only goal against Leeds United AFC in the FA Cup third round on 9 January.

• Arsenal have conceded only once in the first 15 minutes of a league game this season.

• Arsenal have won five, lost four and drawn two of their 11 Premier League matches since matchday six.

• On 4 February, Robin van Persie scored a hat-trick in a 7-1 win against Blackburn Rovers FC, the first time Arsenal had scored seven goals since beating SK Slavia Praha 7-0 in the UEFA Champions League on 23 October 2007.

• Van Persie plundered 35 goals in 36 top-flight appearances in 2011, becoming only the fifth player in Premier League history to score 30 or more in a calendar year after Alan Shearer (twice), Henry, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Les Ferdinand. Only Shearer (36 in 1995) registered more.

• The Gunners lost 8-2 at Manchester United FC on 28 August, the first time they had conceded eight in a match since an 8-0 reverse at Loughborough FC on 12 December 1896.

• Arsenal will visit Sunderland in the FA Cup fifth round on 18 February.

Injury news
• Per Mertesacker was taken off on a stretcher at Sunderland after suffering an injury in the incident that led to James McClean's opener. "Mertesacker got a shot in his ankle and couldn't move at all anymore," said Arsène Wenger. "He went home on crutches. He has done some ligament damage, but how big that is we will have to check. For sure he is out for Wednesday."

• Kieran Gibbs was an unused substitute on Saturday on his return from a hernia problem that has kept him out since 16 October.

• Jack Wilshere has not played since 4 June due to a stress fracture in his right ankle, suffering a setback in January.

• Abou Diaby has made two appearances this term, on 23 and 26 November, due to ankle and now hamstring injuries.

• André Santos (right ankle, out since 6 December) and Carl Jenkinson (back, 5 November) have been sidelined.

• Bacary Sagna fractured his right fibula on 2 October, returning as a late substitute on 29 January.

UEFA Champions League squad changes
In: Thierry Henry (New York Red Bulls, loan)
Out: Emmanuel Frimpong (Wolverhampton Wanderers FC, loan), Vito Mannone (Hull City AFC, loan), Ryo Miyaichi (Bolton Wanderers FC, loan)

Miscellaneous
• Gervinho has been on Africa Cup of Nations duty, scoring the only goal of Ivory Coast's semi-final victory over Mali on 8 February. He missed his team's last kick in the final shoot-out, however, as Zambia won the trophy 8-7 on penalties after a goalless draw.

• Francis Coquelin signed a new long-term contract in January.

Last updated: 13/02/12 17.06CET

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