Gattuso: Keep Arsenal on the run

07 March 2018 12:26:50 EST

AC Milan head coach Gennaro Gattuso has urged his side to try and get at Arsenal when they host the Gunners in the first leg of their Europa League last-16 tie.

Arsenal go into the game in the San Siro on Thursday evening on the back of four straight defeats, a situation which the combative Gattuso is eager to use to the Rossoneri's advantage.

People are saying that we can beat them, but these are just words for now.

Gennaro Gattuso

He told reporters: "They're in a bit of a rough patch, but they are still a side full of champions. Milan have not played a game like this in Europe for years and we want to enjoy the moment and raise the bar a bit.

"We've got to keep the ball and make them run, because they don't like that. We've got to play our game, because we've got enough quality to cause them problems.

"People are saying that we can beat them, but these are just words for now. What happens out there will tell us what we can do.

"We're up against a side who are struggling, but they are still better than us. Let's see what level we're at. Certainly we've got a good mentality, so let's see how far this gets us."

Milan head into the game on Thursday on the back of a 13-match unbeaten run, which has included progress to the final of the Coppa Italia.

They last faced the Gunners in 2012 in the last-16 of the Champions League, when Milan won the home first leg 4-0, before losing the return 3-0 to progress by a narrow one-goal margin.

The Rossoneri are 11/10 to win the game on Thursday evening and are 9/1 to do so by a 2-0 scoreline, with Milan 21/20 to reach the Europa League quarter-finals at the expense of Arsenal.

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