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Wenger buoyed by Arsenal promise

Published: Wednesday 5 March 2008, 0.49CET
Arsène Wenger has set his sights on the possibility of a "dream" double after Arsenal FC defeated AC Milan and left the loser Carlo Ancelotti seeking a "new goal".

Match statistics

MilanArsenal

Goals scored0
2
Attempts on target6
 
5
Attempts off target8
 
5
Corners8
 
3
Offsides5
 
9
Fouls committed15
 
24
Yellow cards3
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Matches

4 March 2008

Milan
0-2
Arsenal
Sevilla
3-2
(2-3p)
Fenerbahçe
Barcelona
1-0
Celtic
Man. United
1-0
Lyon

5 March 2008

Real Madrid
1-2
Roma
Chelsea
3-0
Olympiacos
Porto
1-0
(1-4p)
Schalke

11 March 2008

Internazionale
0-1
Liverpool
 
Published: Wednesday 5 March 2008, 0.49CET

Wenger buoyed by Arsenal promise

Arsène Wenger has set his sights on the possibility of a "dream" double after Arsenal FC defeated AC Milan and left the loser Carlo Ancelotti seeking a "new goal".

Arsenal FC manager Arsène Wenger has set his sights on the "dream" of winning both the Premier League and the UEFA Champions League after his side edged past AC Milan at San Siro. Goals in the last six minutes from Cesc Fabregas and Emmanuel Adebayor proved the difference between the sides as the hunger of youth prevailed over the wisdom of experience. For Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti it is time look to new horizons after he admitted "we had to be at our very best to beat them but we probably weren't tonight."

Arsène Wenger, Arsenal manager
We eliminated the holders with a great performance. I am very proud of the players because we played with enthusiasm and dominated the game without making any mistakes. We knew we did not have to give space to players like [Andrea] Pirlo and Kaká and we were perfect in this sense tonight. In football it is very difficult to say after a game if one team was very good or if the other was not at their best but I want to focus only on my team and we played a great game tonight. We fully deserved to qualify considering both games. Still, I have lots of respect for Milan. They remain a fantastic side, especially for what they have done in recent years. Now our dream is obviously to win both the Premier League and the UEFA Champions League. This team is very hungry for success. Young players like ours want to win everything and this victory can also help us to play better in the domestic league.

Carlo Ancelotti, Milan coach
They played as they know for the whole 180 minutes while we did it only for a few periods in each game. They deserved to qualify because they pressed us both in London and Milan and did not allow us to play as we wanted to. I'm just disappointed because tonight we conceded a goal exactly when the game seemed to go our way, when we were starting to play a bit better. However I don't think we could have done much more than this. We gave our best so have no regrets. This is football. Sometimes you win, sometimes you have to accept a defeat and restart from there with a new goal. Now we have to focus on reaching the fourth place in Serie A. Their three midfielders Fabregas, [Mathieu] Flamini and [Aleksandr] Hleb did a great job pressing our midfield. Their performance was the real key over the two games. Arsenal are very good, young and full of enthusiasm. We had to be at our very best to beat them but we probably weren't tonight.

Last updated: 05/03/08 10.19CET

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