By Richard Clarke
Arsenal will rely on the impertinence of youth to unsettle the experienced heads in the Milan side this evening.
According to Arsène Wenger, his side must be "dynamic, mobile and technical" if they are going to be the first English team to beat the Rossoneri at the San Siro.
"Experience will play a big part," said Wenger. " You do not expect Maldini to make beginner mistakes. But, on the other hand, you have to force him into mistakes by coming out with the attributes we have - that means being dynamic, mobile and technically very good.
"We are a young side but remember the life of this team started two years ago. In that time we have been to the Bernabeu, Juventus, and the Final against Barcelona. We are used to playing in big pressure and in big atmosphere."
Milan's home form has been patchy in domestic football this term. It took them until their ninth game, on January 13, to register a win and they could only draw with struggling Lazio at the weekend. At his pre-match press conference, Wenger sensed a weakness.
"Many teams have given them problems at the San Siro," he said. "But we are conscious they will raise their level for the game, because that is the quality of this team.
"Maybe they cannot compete now for the Italian championship and are now in trouble to get fourth place. They will struggle. It is a team who can choose this competition to raise themselves and on the day.
"But also we should be encouraged by the fact other teams have done reasonably well at the San Siro."Copyright 2014 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 4 Mar 2008