By Chris Harris

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is a man for the big occasion, according to Arsène Wenger.

The Swedish international is one of Europe's in-form strikers with 15 goals in 19 games and few players are more decorated - Ibrahimovic has won a league title for eight straight years during spells with Ajax, Juventus, Inter, Barcelona and now Milan.

Ibrahimovic's impressive CV also includes two goals for Barcelona against Arsenal in the Champions League in 2010 and Wenger is a big admirer of the man the Gunners must stop at the San Siro on Wednesday night.

"He is a great player," said Wenger. "If you look at his record, at what he has won, he has his own personality based on a strong belief in himself.

"That is a quality at the top level that can sometimes be seen as over-confidence but I don't think he is because he turns up with performances in the big games.

"That's why I believe he was at the Arsenal training ground before his career. Before he moved to Ajax we were interested in him, and he made a great career."

Ibrahimovic is 30 now and a key part of a Milan squad that has a relatively high average age. All the same, Wenger can see similarities in the Rossoneri's philosophy and that of his own club.

"Together we have a very balanced team!" said Wenger. "Basically they have the same philosophy, that means they look after their players, they have a family attitude towards the way they treat the players, and we have exactly the same.

"They do it by keeping their players a bit longer and we have done it with some younger players but basically the philosophy is not so different."

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14 Feb 2012