By Richard Clarke
Arsenal may not have got the result they wanted against Milan on Wednesday night but their performance has given Cesc Fabregas every confidence ahead of the second leg at the San Siro.
Arsène Wenger's side bossed the second half of the Champions League Knockout Round tie at Emirates Stadium but could not make it count.
Fabregas led the assault and, though disappointed they could not break through, the 20-year-old was happy with their dominance over the holders. And that is why he is so confident for the second leg.
"Definitely we can go there and do it," he said. "We are a positive side, we are young but, having seen what we have seen tonight, we can cope with their pace, their experience and we can create chances.
"If we can score a goal I think we have a good opportunity to go through. It's very difficult. They have a lot of experience, they know how to play. They defend very well, they are very intelligent and they never play around. If they have to kick it out, they will. It's very difficult but we have to be happy with the way we played tonight.
"We were maybe a little bit [nervous in the final third] but I think overall we played a very good game against a good team.
"We can't forget that we didn't play against an average team. We played against a top side like Milan and even then we played well. We had more opportunities, we played better and had more possession. We did everything right. Unfortunately sometimes in football the difference is you don't put the ball into the back of the net and we didn't do that."
A score draw will be enough in Milan but Arsenal will go there in search of a win. It is a tough ask given that no English side has ever won against AC Milan at the San Siro. But Arsenal have history on their side having achieved the same feat at Real Madrid two years ago and hammered Inter 5-1 at the same stadium a couple of seasons before that.
"I watched that on TV and I remember it," said
Fabregas. "But it was five years ago. Things will be
different. Milan is Milan.
"But we all want to be involved in the Final again and we will fight for it."