By Chris Harris

Gael Clichy believes width might be the key to the tactical battle when Arsenal take on Milan on Tuesday night.

The Premier League leaders and the European champions are deadlocked at 0-0 after the first leg of their Champions League tie. Clichy believes that he and fellow full-back Bacary Sagna have a vital role to play as Arsenal chase away goals in the San Siro.

"The boss told us before the first leg that Milan like their full-backs to provide the width so it is up to us to get in their final third and get crosses in," said Clichy.

"[Milan's tactics] could allow us to get forward more. I think with the pace we have plus the vision in midfield we have the quality to get at them and create chances, especially as they have to come out and attack.

"We nearly did it in the first leg so for the next one we can do it. We can show that, although Milan are a fantastic club, Arsenal are up-and-coming."

Clichy is no stranger to the San Siro - he was on the bench for Arsenal's 5-1 win against Inter in November 2003. The Frenchman will have more than a watching brief on Tuesday night and is confident that the Gunners can pull off another famous victory on Italian soil.

"I was on the bench when we played Inter Milan and hopefully this time I can play and win the game," said Clichy. "Of course we can win there again, this time against AC. We have shown the quality we have in the team and we certainly have the chance to do it there.


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Chris Harris 4 Mar 2008