By Matt Fortune
Arsenal will be stronger in the San Siro than they were at Emirates Stadium 13 days ago, according to Cesc Fabregas.
The Spaniard orchestrated a fine Gunners performance when AC Milan came to London and is relishing the opportunity to pit himself against Europe's elite once again. The 20-year-old believes the confidence gained from Arsenal's first-leg dominance, coupled with their usual attacking flair, will allow Arsène Wenger's side to get the job done.
Nonetheless, Fabregas is under no illusions as to the task at hand.
"We are playing against a big team with a lot of medals in their pockets and it will be interesting to see how we respond to that," he said. "We played quite well in the first leg at home and were a bit disappointed because we had occasions where we could have scored one or two.
"But that is football. Sometimes you have to come back stronger from these type of things."
"We will play at the San Siro for the first time, and think we can do well if we play 100 per cent and maybe we can cause a surprise."
And how exactly does Fabregas see Arsenal approaching the match?
"We will not change the way we play, because we always play offensive," he continued. "So we do not mind what way they will play. We are young, but we are not scared of anything and we will play our game. You have always seen if we are winning or losing, we will never go to defend.
"We will always want to attack, because it is the way we like to play and enjoy playing. You take the risk that sometimes you will draw or lose, of course, but we enjoy it and any football fans should be proud there are teams like Arsenal who want to play football always, not to defend.
"We have experience in Europe and now we have to use it against a big team like Milan, which I am really looking forward to playing."Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 4 Mar 2008