Milan will face Arsenal in the next round of the Europa League. The second leg will be at the Emirates Stadium.
Milan passed the Round of 32 in the Europa League after beating Ludogorets 4-0 on aggregate and today they learned who they will be facing in the next round.
While the Rossoneri avoided the likes of Lazio, Borussia Dortmund and Atletico Madrid, they still got a very, very difficult draw, as they will be playing Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal in a double encounter.
The first leg will be played on March 8 at Stadio San Siro (19:00 CET kickoff) and the return leg is one week later at the Emirates Stadium (21:05 CET kickoff).
This means that Milan’s next six games are against Roma (A), Lazio (A), Inter (H), Arsenal (H), Genoa (A) and then the Gunners again (A).
“In the end there were 4 teams left [in the draw bowl], honestly at that point I thought of drawing Red Bull Salzburg,” club manager who represented Milan at the draw, Christian Abbiati, told Sky Italia. “It’s a fascinating and historic match with Arsenal, it will be a beautiful game.
“It is not the Arsenal of the past but facing them at the moment is positive for us, despite the run of games we’re having. My personal experience from facing Arsenal in the Champions League? We won 4-0 at home and then in London the return leg was a disaster, we lost 3-0 and risked getting out.
“In the dressing room there was a heated exchange between we players, we couldn’t give that account of ourselves. We managed to hold on to a result which allowed us to qualify and I hope we don’t make the same mistakes this time. San Siro will definitely be full; the fans will help us, and Milan can do it. We’re a solid group and we hope to continue with this squad.”
There was a live Facebook feed showing Massimiliano Mirabelli watching the draw and after it he jokingly said: “I feel sorry for Arsenal.” Milan will hope that Mirabelli’s jokes will turn to a reality.