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Match facts: Arsenal v Milan

Published: Saturday 3 March 2012, 2.45CET
Match facts: Arsenal v Milan
Zlatan Ibrahimović goes down under the challenge of Arsenal's Johan Djourou during the first leg ©Getty Images

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Published: Saturday 3 March 2012, 2.45CET

Match facts: Arsenal v Milan

Arsenal

UEFA milestones
• None

UEFA Champions League statistics
• Tomáš Rosický, Johan Djourou and Alex Song will incur a ban with their next bookings.

Latest domestic information
Saturday 3 March: Liverpool FC 1-2 Arsenal FC (Koscielny og 23; Van Persie 31 90+2)
Szczęsny; Sagna, Koscielny, Vermaelen, Gibbs; Rosický, Arteta (Diaby 53, Oxlade-Chamberlain 81), Song; Benayoun (Gervinho 74), Van Persie, Walcott.

• Wojciech Szczęsny saved Dirk Kuyt's 19th-minute penalty as Arsenal claimed a fourth successive league win.

• Robin van Persie has scored ten goals in 11 games in all competitions for Arsenal this year. He plundered 35 goals in 36 top-flight appearances in 2011, only one fewer than the Premier League record for goals in a calendar year set by Alan Shearer in 1995.

• Laurent Koscielny scored his second own goal of the season in the English top flight, Arsenal's fifth. No other Premier League team have put through their own net more than twice.

• Arsenal have scored 55 goals in 27 league games this term; two more than they had at the same stage during the 'Invincibles' season of 2003/04.

• Three days after losing in Milan, Arsenal bowed out of the FA Cup with a 2-0 fifth round defeat away to another Premier League side, Sunderland AFC.

• Arsenal were 2-0 down to Tottenham Hotspur FC 34 minutes into their derby match on 26 February, but goals from Bacary Sagna (40), Van Persie (43), Rosický (51) and Theo Walcott (65, 68) sealed a memorable win.

Injury news
• Abou Diaby recovered from a hamstring injury to make only his third appearance of the season on Saturday – his first since 26 November – but was taken off with another hamstring knock.

• Mikel Arteta (concussion), Yossi Benayoun (hamstring) and Kieran Gibbs (unspecified) also picked up knocks at Anfield.

• Rosický (back) and Thomas Vermaelen (ankle) picked up injuries against Tottenham, though the latter played for Belgium three days later and Rosický started at Liverpool.

• André Santos (ankle, out since 6 December), Sébastien Squillaci (groin, 18 February), Aaron Ramsey (ankle, 18 February), Djourou (thigh, 18 February) and Francis Coquelin (hamstring, 18 February) have all been sidelined.

• Per Mertesacker suffered ankle ligament damage at Sunderland on 11 February and after subsequent surgery, Arsène Wenger said his absence would be "long term".

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

• Carl Jenkinson, out since 5 November with a back injury, came on as a second-half substitute against Tottenham.

International duty
• Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored an added-time penalty as England defeated Belgium 4-0 in a 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifier in Middlesbrough on 29 February.

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

• Henry scored three goals in seven appearances before his loan spell ended on 16 February.

• On 24 February Arshavin rejoined Zenit on loan until July.

Miscellaneous
• Gervinho scored the only goal of Ivory Coast's semi-final victory over Mali at the Africa Cup of Nations on 8 February. He missed his team's last kick in the final shoot-out, however, as Zambia won 8-7 on penalties after a 0-0 draw.

Milan

UEFA milestones
• This is Milan's 350th match in UEFA competition.

UEFA Champions League statistics
• Zlatan Ibrahimović has committed 20 fouls, the joint highest total of players still involved along with Stefan Kiessling.

• Massimo Ambrosini serves a one-game ban at Arsenal; Mark van Bommel's next booking will incur a suspension.

Latest domestic information
Saturday 3 March: US Città di Palermo 0-4 AC Milan (Ibrahimović 21 31 35, Thiago Silva 58)
Abbiati; Abate, Bonera, Thiago Silva, Antonini (Mesbah 46); Nocerino, Ambrosini, Muntari, Emanuelson (El Shaarawy 54); Ibrahimović, Robinho (Inzaghi 82).

• Ibrahimović marked his return from a three-match league ban with his first hat-trick for the Rossoneri as Milan claimed their first league win at Palermo in six seasons. Philippe Mexès started a three-game suspension.

• Sweden striker Ibrahimović has scored 21 goals in his last 21 club appearances.

• Ibrahimović is the third player to score a hat-trick for Milan this season after Antonio Nocerino (v Parma FC on 26 October) and Kevin-Prince Boateng (v US Lecce on 23 October).

• The Rossoneri have the best away record in Serie A; they have won nine out of 14 on their travels this season, compared to seven in 12 at home.

• Sulley Muntari and Urby Emanuelson struck their first Serie A goals for Milan in a 3-1 win at AC Cesena on 19 February; the former is not eligible for the UEFA Champions League.

• Nocerino scored in a 1-1 draw with Juventus on 25 February, taking his tally to eight goals in 23 league appearances since joining Milan last summer. He had managed six in 149 Serie A games before this season.

• The Rossoneri trail Juventus 2-1 ahead of the second leg of their Coppa Italia semi-final in Turin on 21 March.

• 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
• Seedorf and Boateng have not played since suffering thigh injuries in the first leg against Arsenal.

• Maxi López has missed Milan's last two matches with a calf injury.

• Pato was out on Saturday after suffering a thigh problem against Juve on 25 February.

• Mario Yepes, out with an ankle problem since 11 December, has been an unused substitute for Milan's last three games.

• Alessandro Nesta has been struggling with a thigh problem since 4 February, though he was on the bench for the first leg against Arsenal. Milan's injury list also includes Alberto Aquilani (ankle, out since 13 January) and Alexander Merkel (knee, 26 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 but has resumed regular training.

International duty
• Ibrahimović scored from the spot as Sweden won 3-1 away to Croatia in a friendly on 29 February.

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) returned from loan, although only the former has been registered for the UEFA Champions League.

• Milan also signed 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 and has not played since the opening day of the season.

Last updated: 05/03/12 12.41CET

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