Mathieu Flamini believes that Arsenal are well-equipped to progress beyond the First Knockout Stage of the Champions League.

Wednesday night's first-leg stalemate has been reported in some sections of the media as a triumph for experience over endeavour. However, speaking to the matchday programme before the game, Flamini insists that Arsenal have plenty of know-how themselves.

"We have been playing together a few years now and already been to the Final of the Champions League," said the Frenchman. "So we cannot say we are inexperienced, too young, that is not a problem.

"Okay, not to the extent that they [AC Milan] are because they have a lot older guys who have won a lot, but we have beaten teams like Real Madrid and Juventus before so it's important to demonstrate that on the pitch again."

When the sides reconvene at the San Siro on March 4, Flamini will once again be at the heart of the midfield. With both sides offering an abundance of talent there, it is likely to be the decisive battle.

The Arsenal man expects the Premier League leaders to emerge victorious.

"They have a great midfield," said Flamini. "Very technical but also very aggressive. We will have to deal with that and the battle - after that we can play our game. It is important to be ready for the fight.

"Of course I have to achieve the right balance with Cesc because he is more offensive than me, but we have a good complicity - when he goes forward I stay and vice versa. This season the balance we have found is very good."

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21 Feb 2008