The young Arsenal team had a go at the aging Milan team but the Italians held good and were also a bit lucky in not conceding atleast a goal. Milan is probably the biggest european team to play Arsenal at the new Emirates stadium and it was a match which was exciting though the score remained 0-0. This was coming after a bitter loss to Man U in the FA Cup so it was all the more creditable for Arsenal.
Toure got sidelined early in the first half and Senderos coming in his place played like the 2006 Senderos we know who took us to the finals of the CL. He hardly had a step wrong in last night’s display and was better than Gallas and with Toure going to be sidelined for a couple of weeks, this is good news for Arsenal. Clichy& Sagna returned to the flanks which meant staibility. Milans hardly had any shots on goal.
Second half saw a rejuvenated Flamini, Fabregas, Hleb combination working well with the advancing Eboue on the right. The midfield came good and they had a few shots at goal.If only Fabregas and Eboue done better with their chances, Arsenal would have gone to San Siro in better spirits. Eduardo hung around the left flank and Adebayor was alone in front trying to go behind the defenders and he did give them a tough time. But I hope his chance in the second minute of stoppage time would not come to haunt us in the return leg. He was unchallenged for the header and it hit the cross bar. Against good teams like Milan you only get chances like this and you have to take it.
I think overall the team played well and I think in San Siro either we have to score first and ease pressure and open up Milan or wait till the last quarter to tire the Italians and strike back. I would prefer they do the first option. We would have to be far more ruthless in our approach in the return leg and our midfielders need to slot the ball home from outside the box.
Now back to the 5 point lead in the premier league.