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Arsenal v AC Milan talking points

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Arsenal face AC Milan at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday.

Arsenal face AC Milan on Thursday night looking to defend their 2-0 lead and advance to the quarter-finals of the Europa League.

The Gunners welcome their Serie A opponents to the Emirates Stadium having turned their recent poor form around.

But can Arsene Wenger’s side secure safe passage into the last eight? Here, Press Association Sport looks at the main talking points ahead of the clash.

There’s no place like home

Arsenal's last victory at home in a European knockout tie came against AC Milan in 2012
Arsenal’s last victory at home in a European knock-out tie came against AC Milan in 2012 (Nick Potts/PA)

Bittersweet 16

Bayern Munich thrashed Arsenal 10-2 on aggregate in the Champions League last season.
Bayern Munich thrashed Arsenal 10-2 on aggregate in the Champions League last season (Nick Potts/PA)

Start the fans, please

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There were plenty of empty seats as Arsenal hosted Watford in the Premier League on Sunday
There were plenty of empty seats as Arsenal hosted Watford in the Premier League on Sunday (Nigel French/Empics)

Danny needs to do Wel

Danny Welbeck has been the only senior striker available to Arsenal since the Europa League returned
Danny Welbeck has been the only senior striker available to Arsenal since the Europa League returned (Tim Goode/Empics)

Can Gattuso ruin the party?

Milan were heavy favourites for the first leg at San Siro given Arsenal travelled to Italy on the back of four consecutive defeats and the hosts were unbeaten since December. Gattuso had taken over in late November and set out to take care of the defensive problems first, Milan going six games without conceding before Henrikh Mkhitaryan struck to give Arsenal the lead last week. Milan returned to winning ways in Serie A at the weekend, Andre Silva scoring a last-minute winner to secure a 1-0 victory at Genoa that will give Gattuso’s men a lift as they head to London looking for the kind of display required to turn the tie on its head.

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