Arsene Wenger believes that Arsenal must score an away goal when they visit AC Milan on Wednesday to make it easier to qualify for the next round.
He said: “You always have to push for a goal when you play away in the first leg because it gives you a cushion for the second leg,”.
“We will try to score, of course – we always do. The system rewards the audacious away from home.
“The way it is with the away goal, you have to be focused to score and therefore it is important that you play your game.”
To boost the players confidence he reminds everyone of some great European nights for Arsenal in Italy and further afield, but especially the night three years ago when the Gunners became the first British team to ever beat Milan at the San Siro.
“I felt it was such a great night because we stayed faithful to our game and played without complexity,” he said.
“I remember that even Milan said the better team won. So let’s keep that in our memory and repeat the same performance.
“We have had quite a few good performances away in the Champions League over the years, and we are very proud of them. We won in Madrid in 2006, 5-1 at Inter Milan in 2003, and the 2-0 win against AC Milan in 2008.
“When you look back and remember, you realise that we have won at almost every big stadium in Europe. Yes, we have not won in Barcelona, where we have played a draw, but overall I think we have won everywhere.”
So we can look forward to another attacking game in midweek, and an exciting one too. The only clubs to have beaten Milan there this season are Inter Milan and Barcelona so we will be in illustrious company if we come away with a win!