By Chris Harris
Arsenal's impressive win over AC Milan "sent a message" to their rivals, according to Wojciech Szczesny.
Arsène Wenger's side almost retrieved a four-goal deficit in their Champions League tie with the Serie A leaders, winning 3-0 at Emirates Stadium but going out 4-3 on aggregate.
Szczesny says Arsenal showed their true colours with that storming first-half display on Tuesday and he believes the Gunners have laid down a marker for future Champions League campaigns.
"I think we have sent a message to all the other teams that when we play at our best we can beat anyone in Europe," said Szczesny.
"I think teams will struggle against us if we keep playing like that. Hopefully next season in the Champions League we can achieve a little bit more than we did this time.
"It has been a great experience for many of us. For some of us it is our first season in the Champions League and I am sure we will use that next year to get a little bit further.
"For the players our ambition makes us really want to be there. This club deserves to be in the Champions League and we showed here that with performances like that we should be here every single season.
"I am confident we will get there in the end. The aim is to win every single game and if we can do that then good things will come for us."
Arsenal's European adventure is over for another season but their winning run has stretched to three games - all against top-class opposition.
"Our momentum keeps going," he said. "We have won a couple of good games in the Premier League recently against Tottenham and Liverpool and we got a great win here.
"It wasn't enough but we still have the momentum and believe that we can play really well for the rest of the season."
Watch the full interview with Wojciech on Arsenal Player.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 7 Mar 2012