By Richard Clarke
Arsène Wenger will be perfectly happy to take the 'Milan route' to the Champions League Semi-Finals.
Many observers thought Arsenal would be bowing out in the
Knockout Round after they drew 0-0 against the holders in the first
leg at Emirates Stadium. However the visitors produced a
magnificent performance at the San Siro to make the Quarter-Finals,
where they were drawn against Liverpool.
Wenger is well aware of the 'Anfield factor'. The passion from the Kop has caused many a side to crumble when crunch time comes in a European tie. But Wenger says 0-0 is 'never a disappointing result at home in the first leg'. He is highly confident his side will come through and will be happy to take his chances next Tuesday on Merseyside if necessary.
"We can replicate [the Milan tie] of course," he said before the weekend games. "I felt the players believed they could do it that night.
"Liverpool will be a different opponent though. They will be more rough, more edgy and difficult to penetrate. Milan was a confrontation of two similar styles where we were better. Against Liverpool we will have to win the physical battle as well. Against Milan we were almost guaranteed to win that.
"Also Liverpool have 12 men in European games at home. [The atmosphere] has been a big factor in their success. They have turned many games at home.
"We want to win the game [tomorrow] but 0-0 is never a disappointing result at home in the first leg because it puts the team who plays against you at home under huge pressure. They play with the idea that if they concede a goal they are out. That puts them a little bit inbetween. They think 'do we go for it or do we wait?' It gives you a good chance."Copyright 2015 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 1 Apr 2008