By Joe Brewin

Thomas Vermaelen expects a “special night” in the San Siro when Arsenal go head to head with AC Milan.

Vermaelen is set to feature against the Rossoneri on Wednesday and the Belgian defender is relishing what he describes as the tie of the round.

“We are all really excited,” Vermaelen told Arsenal.com. “It is a big game - an important one too - so it's a good one to look forward to. For everybody it will be special so it will be a great evening.

“Of course they have a great history and they have won it a few times. They still have some good players and they are a solid team. They are also doing well in Serie A.

“It won't be easy but I am confident that we can qualify.

“The San Siro is a great stadium of course and it will be a great evening. I think it is probably the best game of the round and a lot of people will be watching.”

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