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AC Milan vs Arsenal predictions: Europa League preview, line-ups

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AC Milan to beat Arsenal 3-0 is 18/1 with Paddy Power

Arsenal have been absolutely atrocious in 2018. Their reward for narrowly beating Swedish minnows in the Round of 32 in the Europa League is a two legged tie against Italian giants AC Milan.

On Thursday, Arsenal travel to the San Siro hoping to end AC Milan’s 13 game unbeaten run.

The Gunners have already lost eight matches this year and Arsene Wenger will be praying Gennaro Gattuso’s team don’t hand them their 9th defeat.

AC Milan vs Arsenal: Who will win?

The bookies think AC Milan are favourites for the first leg, at odds of 11/10. With Arsenal rated at 12/5.

To qualify is a different story. With AC Milan rated at 11/10 and Arsenal 4/6.

For the first leg, Patrick Cutrone is 9/2 to score the first goal and 7/4 to score anytime.

Danny Welbeck is 7/1 to score the first goal and 11/4 to notch anytime.

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AC Milan vs Arsenal match preview

Arsenal return to the San Siro for the first time since February 2012. The Gunners lost 4-0 that night in the last 16 of the Champions League, a match that turned out to be Thierry Henry’s last ever appearance for the club.

Wenger’s men did almost turn it around in the second leg of the tie, winning 3-0 at The Emirates Stadium.

AC Milan had a busy summer in the transfer window, signing Leonardo Bonucci, Ricardo Rodriguez, Hakan Calhanoglu, Andre Silva, Lucas Biglia, Mateo Musacchio and Andrea Conti for a combined total of over €165 million.

Despite their summer spending spree, Milan didn’t start the season off very well and were 11th in the table on the 23rd of December.

Milan’s atrocious start to the campaign saw Vincenzo Montella lose his job in the Milan hotseat. He has since been replaced by AC Milan legend, Gennaro Gatusso who has totally revitalised the team.

AC Milan may be 7th in the Seria A table but their current form has been incredible.

Arsene Wenger watches as Arsenal lose to Nottingham Forest

Arsene Wenger during The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Nottingham Forest and Arsenal at City Ground on January 7, 2018 in Nottingham, England.

Atrocious Arsenal

Arsenal on the other hand, are simply atrocious.

No Premier League team has lost as many games as Arsenal in 2018. In fact, they have lost their last 4 games in a row.

Could this be Arsene Wenger’s last game in charge of Arsenal Football Club?

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AC Milan team news

Milan have been lucky with injuries this season. Their only major concern heading into Thursday’s game against the Gunners is the absence of Andrea Conti.

Conti’s replacement, Davide Calabria has impressed whilst taking Conti’s position. The 21 year old has a goal and an assist in his last two league games for Milan.

Andre Silva has struggled to settle into the Milan set up. The Portuguese forward was brilliant in World Cup qualification but is yet to score for Milan in Serie A.

Due to Silva’s lack of goals, Gattuso has opted to start with 20 year old Patrick Cutrone up front in recent matches. However, Silva has scored 8 goals in Milan’s 12 Europa League matches this term, and dropping him could prove costly.

Arsenal team news

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is ineligible for Arsenal’s trip to Milan.

Petr Cech is unlikely to start in the Europa League as David Ospina has been Arsenal’s cup keeper for the last couple of seasons.

Arsenal have been rocked by a major injury blow on the eve of their trip to Milan. Hector Bellerin will not travel due to a knee problem that sounds ominous for the Spanish full back.

Arsenal’s player of the season so far, Nacho Monreal, is ruled out of action for the next couple of matches with a back injury. The only other guaranteed absentees are Alexandre Lacazette and Santi Cazorla.

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AC Milan predicted line-up vs Arsenal

Arsenal predicted line-up vs AC Milan

Arsenal predicted line-up vs AC Milan

Arsenal predicted line-up vs AC Milan

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