Welcome to a new feature on Arsenal.com - Talking Heads.
Before and after every first-team fixture our MatchDay Show team - and an Arsenal blogger - will have their say on the match.
Arsenal take on AC Milan in the Champions League on Wednesday and our Talking Heads for this game were Dan Roebuck, Charlie George and David Faber of Goonerholic.
Read on for their post-match comments and recap what they said before the game.
DAN ROEBUCK, COMMENTATOR
I think it's fair to say that Serie A is on the rise so losing to Milan is hardly shameful. But the manner of Arsenal's defeat was surprising - they were outrun as well as outpassed. The likes of Boateng caused all sorts of problems running from deep and Arsenal couldn't get to grips with Ibrahimovic or Robinho, especially once they had to chase the tie. At 3-0 I was thinking of the 1970 Fairs Cup final when Ray Kennedy nicked a late away goal at Anderlecht before Arsenal won 3-0 at home, but Abbiati's save from Van Persie stopped that plan in its tracks. It's not completely over but Milan will have to collapse at the Emirates - and I can't see that happening.
Arsenal will head to the San Siro buoyed by Saturday's last-gasp win over Sunderland. Is there any ink left in the pen for Thierry Henry to write the final chapter of his magical script? The potential for one final swan song is on every Arsenal fan's wish list. Milan's lethal front three of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Alexandre Pato and Robinho will prove a handful for an Arsenal defence that must now cope without Per Mertesacker at centre back. That should free up Thomas Vermaelen to move back to his favoured position in the middle, with either Kieran Gibbs, Bacary Sagna or Francis Coquelin occupying the left-back slot. An away goal is the name of the game, anything else would be a huge bonus providing Arsenal can keep it tight at the back.
MARTIN HAYES, CO-COMMENTATOR
Milan have not been as dominant of late as they have in the past and I suppose they are similar to Arsenal in European terms - respected but maybe not fancied to go all the way. Arsenal are naturally attack-minded but they might have to be more tactical on Wednesday because it's only the first half of the tie. They have got to try to look for the away goal but at the same time they can't leave themselves open because that could mean a tough second leg at the Emirates where they will be chasing the game. I'd like to see Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain getting a look in, he's an attacking player, there is plenty of excitement around him and after a run of games he has shown he can be a big asset. Oxlade-Chamberlain seems to have no fear and Milan won't know much about him so he could be a secret weapon.
DAVID FABER, GOONERHOLIC
That was a night we will need to get out of our system quickly. A bright start counted for nothing when we went a goal down in 15 minutes. More important for me than the second goal just before half-time was the loss of Koscielny. He has matured so much this season, and if he joins Mertesacker in the treatment room for any length of time we face a difficult run-in. I said beforehand that Robin van Persie was our best bet for an away goal, and he had chances with both feet and head, but this was not his, or indeed our night. How important this result will be can only be properly assessed when we see how this group of players responds. They have bounced back from defeats before, and need to do so again.
When we were drawn against the seven-time winners of Europe's top prize I'm sure most people would have had mixed feelings. Our record against Italian clubs is remarkably strong, but question marks remain about our strength and consistency. The next few weeks will tell us a great deal about this Arsenal squad. I have no doubt we can put out a side that can get the all-important away goal or two. The back five will surely pick itself, but further forward are a couple of interesting selection posers for the boss. Does he plump for the youth of Aaron Ramsey and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, or the experience of Tomas Rosicky and Andrey Arshavin? We will need to be positive with our possession, which may not be as high as we are used to seeing domestically. Break with pace and purpose and I think we can send a message out to our detractors. I'm banking on Robin van Persie to get the all-important away goal and tip a fascinating second leg in our favour. The tie will not be won or lost in Milan, but we can make our task much more comfortable with a solid display.
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