By Richard Clarke
Pace and patience will be the key qualities for Arsenal in Milan, according to Arsène Wenger.
The Frenchman flew out to Italy on Monday afternoon for a crucial Champions League Knockout Round second leg. The first game was billed as Italian guile and experience against English youth and pace.
The Anglo-Saxons had the edge at Emirates Stadium and should have profited from their second-half dominance. However Wenger feels that 0-0 is psychologically a good position for his side - as long as they heed the lessons of the first game.
"I do not like to go away from home thinking my team just has to defend," he said. "With a 0-0 result, we know that we have to attack as well as defend.
"From the first game, we have the belief we can beat them because we dominated the game - that always has an impact on the second game.
"We will need patience against them in Milan but our pace can be a good asset as well."
However the Rossoneri are the masters of brinkmanship in Europe. In the last five years they have been to three Finals, winning the trophy twice. Wenger expects a tactical affair in which the control of the tempo will mean control of the game.
"Milan have shown in Europe that they can deal with all sorts of opposition, they can slow the game down," said the Frenchman.
"What Milan do well is put you to their pace, and when Kaka gets the ball they can have sudden acceleration which can kill you.
"We will have to adapt to that because we like to play always at a high pace. In the end we should have won the first game because we were able to keep the game at a consistent high pace. We like to play at a consistent high pace, they like to play slow-quick.
"We have to be tight defensively out there because they tore Man United apart in the first 20 minutes of the second leg at the San Siro last season.
"It is important for us to start strongly in defence, but also not to hide every time we win the ball.
"What is good from the first result is we know every time we get the ball we are incited to go for a goal. When you win 2-0 away from home sometimes subconsciously you think you only have to defend. On that basis 0-0 is not a bad result because you know defence is not good enough. You know will have to attack as well."Copyright 2017 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