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 took on AC Milan in the Champions League on Tuesday and our Talking Heads for this game were Dan Roebuck, David Hillier and Andrew Mangan of Arseblog.

Read on post-match comments and recap what they said before the game.

Dan Roebuck - Arsenal Live

What can you say? If you are going to head out of the Champions League, there probably isn't a better way to do it. Arsenal gave it everything they had to try and rectify that disastrous night in Milan and, although it wasn't quite enough, they leave with their heads held high. The first half was a fine demonstration of Arsenal's attacking capabilities and Milan simply couldn't handle it. Tomas Rosicky was outstanding once more, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain showed just why he could be England's next great hope. A valiant effort for 65 gruelling minutes which the supporters inside Emirates Stadium truly appreciated. They were excellent once more too and long may it continue. Onwards to a top-four finish.

They couldn't, could they? The answer is 'probably not' but there's no reason why Arsenal shouldn't have a right old go at Milan on Tuesday and see what happens. As Blackburn and Spurs will testify, Arsène Wenger's team can score goals in flurries - but they'll have to do what they didn't do in either of those matches and keep a clean sheet as well. Depleted midfield resources will give Wenger an extra reason to field plenty of attackers and I wouldn't be surprised to see a 4-2-4 formation for much of the game. I just hope no one gets injured chasing what could be a lost cause because the race for a top-four place is still very much in the balance.

David Hillier

Well, there is probably no better time to have the most inspirational striker in Europe! RVP is in top form ahead of the Milan game and boy do Arsenal need him to perform and to inspire his team-mates as they face a mountainous task at the Emirates tonight. Four-nil down from the first leg seems an impossible feat, but Wenger will be telling his players that anything can happen in football with the right attitude and application - as they showed in the thriller with Tottenham and the win at Anfield. Milan will be confident but wary and can take nothing for granted. A clean sheet is a must so defensively the team will have to be at their very best, then it will be down to the main man Van Persie and his striking partners to provide the firepower and propel the lads into the quarter-finals. Let's not get carried away though, realistically no one would bet against Milan tonight, only three times in the competition's history has a deficit like this one been overturned. So if Arsenal are to get anything from this match tonight they will need every single player and every single Gooner at the Emirates to do their best. Come on you Gunners!


Blog - Arseblog

Although victory on Tuesday night was somewhat bittersweet, I think we have to draw all the positives can we can from the game. I think most of us had accepted that qualification was a bridge too far and were hopeful we could restore some pride and show people that result in Milan wasn't really representative of us. And boy did we do that. After a brilliant first half I was convinced we'd get the fourth but it wasn't to be. Maybe, considering how spent we were, another half an hour would have proved fruitless anyway. Overall, however, you cannot look at that game and that performance and not feel real pride in the way they played and how close they came. If you look back at our last three games those are three exceptional results and even if last night meant going out of Europe this season it was great to see. Now we have to focus on the positives, not feel sorry for ourselves and go and win the next game.

While I have no real expectation of us being able to turn over a four-goal deficit, I do think this is still an important fixture. We go into this game on the back of two excellent results, against Spurs and Liverpool, and imagine the boost to our confidence if we add AC Milan to the list of teams we've beaten. If we're being realistic, our focus needs to be on the Premier League and that race for a top-four finish, but winning tonight will only help that. We let ourselves down in the first leg and, even if all we have at stake tonight is professional pride, that should still be enough to give them a good game. Of course you never know in football and, while I do think qualification is a bridge too far, beating Milan and adding to the momentum we've built certainly isn't. It will be difficult, especially with the lack of fit midfielders, that doesn't mean we shouldn't give it a right go.

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7 Mar 2012