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Arsenal display gives Wenger hope

Published: Thursday 21 February 2008, 0.35CET
He "didn't dream of a 0-0" but the Arsenal FC manager Arsène Wenger was delighted with the "fantastic" way the Gunners performed against title-holders AC Milan.
by Wayne Harrison
from Arsenal Stadium

Match statistics

ArsenalMilan

Goals scored0
 
0
Attempts on target7
 
2
Attempts off target6
 
4
Corners9
 
2
Offsides3
 
4
Fouls committed14
 
14
Yellow cards2
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Matches

19 February 2008

Schalke
1-0
Porto
Liverpool
2-0
Internazionale
Roma
2-1
Real Madrid
Olympiacos
0-0
Chelsea

20 February 2008

Celtic
2-3
Barcelona
Lyon
1-1
Man. United
Arsenal
0-0
Milan
Fenerbahçe
3-2
Sevilla
 
Published: Thursday 21 February 2008, 0.35CET

Arsenal display gives Wenger hope

He "didn't dream of a 0-0" but the Arsenal FC manager Arsène Wenger was delighted with the "fantastic" way the Gunners performed against title-holders AC Milan.

Arsenal FC manager Arsène Wenger was delighted with the "fantastic" way his side performed against AC Milan and views a goalless draw as "not a bad result at all". His Rossoneri counterpart, Carlo Ancelotti, was also satisfied with the outcome but is wary of the threat the Gunners will pose in the return leg of this UEFA Champions League first knockout round tie in two weeks' time.

Arsène Wenger, Arsenal manager
We played the game we wanted to play and overall we were playing at a high tempo for 90 minutes. The positives are that we put them under pressure for a big part of the game and for a whole 45 minutes in the second half. Also, we didn't concede a goal but we didn't take advantage of the chances we created because we were a bit too forceful and nervous in the final third with our final ball. Milan defended with a lot of experience and they adapted to the situation in thinking 'tonight we will be under pressure and we have to defend', and that's what they did.

We had plenty of chances, but overall we were a bit nervous and when we had shots we didn't test the keeper enough as most of the shots were in the middle of the goal where the keeper didn't have a real problem. We played a fantastic game and it's a shame a game like that doesn't get a goal because on a night when everything goes for you I think we could have finished with two or three.

The spirit was fantastic, you could see on Saturday the minds were already on this game tonight. We were not effective as we maybe wanted to force the decision too much and we were not relaxed enough in the final third, but it promises a very interesting game in the second leg. But unfortunately we cannot transfer our pitch to the San Siro.

I feel they will have to come out anyway in the second leg, because tonight they didn't create any chances and defensively they were very good. Overall with the experience I have I can say that 0-0 at home is not a bad result. I didn't dream of a 0-0 frankly but overall not to concede is not a bad result.

Carlo Ancelotti, Milan coach
We arrived in perfect condition but we were nervous and we paid a lot of attention to the defence. I think Arsenal played a good game, proving everything we know about them – they have great players, quality and determination. Qualification is still in doubt, we have achieved a good result but we are not safe for the return match. Pato had cramp and Nesta a muscle problem. There was a lot of pressure on Pirlo in the midfield and they didn't allow him to play with quality. No we are not sure [about going through], Arsenal have great quality and I'm sure they can do it in the return leg also.

Last updated: 21/02/08 10.11CET

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