By Joe Brewin

Arsène Wenger believes Arsenal would beat AC Milan on the evidence of current form.

A disappointing first leg at the San Siro all but sealed Arsenal’s premature exit from the competition earlier this month, despite a spirited 3-0 victory in the second leg at Emirates Stadium.

Massimiliano Allegri’s side now head to Barcelona’s Nou Camp in the quarter-finals after a goalless first leg in Milan but Wenger believes it would be a different story entirely if Arsenal had their time again.

“We would have gone through against Milan had we played them now because Milan are not better than us,” he said.

“When we played the home leg, if we had more players available I still think we could have qualified.

"I think that in the first leg we were very bad. On top of that we lost our defenders and conceded a third goal at the start of the second half which placed us in a very difficult position.

"They had the perfect game on the day, in return we had no game and in the home leg we were different. We have more confidence today.”

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30 Mar 2012